Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that are enlarged or dilated or otherwise more visible through the skin. They are common in the legs, such as the calf or behind the knee, and are more common in women as they age. Groups of smaller varicose veins are often called spider veins. Hemorrhoids ...

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Introduction: Varicose Veins

What Are Varicose Veins? Varicose (VAR-i-kos) veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of ...1

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Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common condition. They usually cause few signs and symptoms. Sometimes varicose veins cause mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers (sores), or other problems. Varicose veins usually don't cause medical problems. If they do, your ...2

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Complications of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can lead to dermatitis (der-ma-TI-tis), an itchy rash. If you have varicose veins in your legs, dermatitis may affect your lower leg or ankle. Dermatitis can cause bleeding or skin ulcers (sores) if the skin ...3

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Causes of Varicose Veins

Causes of varicose veins include:

  • Idiopathic varicose veins (Primary varicose veins)
  • Secondary varicose veins

Types and Causes: The causes depend distinctly on the type of varicose veins:

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Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose (VAR-i-kos) veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of the body. Veins are ...4

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Causes List for Varicose Veins

Some possible causes of Varicose Veins or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Varicose Veins

Types of varicose veins There are several types of varicose veins, such as:

  • trunk varicose veins - these are near to the surface of the skin and are thick and knobbly; they're often long and can look unpleasant
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Diagnosis of Varicose Veins

How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed? Doctors often diagnose varicose veins based on a physical exam alone. Sometimes tests or procedures are used to find out the extent of the problem or to rule out other conditions. Specialists Involved If you ...6

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Genetics of Varicose Veins

Genetics: Your risk of developing varicose veins is increased if a close family member has the condition. This suggests varicose veins may be partly caused by your genes (the units of genetic material you inherit from your parents). Visit our ...7

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Who Is at Risk for Varicose Veins? Many factors may raise your risk for varicose veins, including family history, older age, gender, pregnancy, overweight or obesity, lack of movement, and leg trauma. Family History Having family members who have varicose ...8

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Treatments: Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve appearance. Sometimes varicose veins cause pain, blood clots, skin ulcers, or other problems. If this happens, your doctor ...9

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Prevention of Varicose Veins

How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented? You can't prevent varicose veins from forming. However, you can prevent the ones you have from getting worse. You also can take steps to delay other varicose veins from forming. Avoid standing or sitting ...10

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References

  1. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv/ signs
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv/ diagnosis
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ varicose-veins/ causes/ 
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv/ atrisk
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv
  10. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ vv/ prevention

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