Fact or Fiction: Ultimate Varicose Veins

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Are varicose veins painful?

Varicose veins don't always hurt, but many people do experience aching, swelling, cramping and itching around the raised veins.

Varicose veins start because of problems in your _______.

The veins in your legs are working against gravity to return blood to your heart. Valves keep your blood from getting pulled back into your legs, but when they weaken, the blood gets trapped and enlarges your veins.

Simple laser therapy has proven effective for treatment of small varicose veins. What kind of laser therapy is the best new treatment for larger varicose veins?

Simple laser therapy applies laser-focused heat to the problem area. Endovenous laser treatment inserts a laser fiber into the vein through a thin tube.

Are varicose veins only in the legs and feet?

The legs and feet are the most common place for varicose veins, but any vein can become varicose.

If you have varicose veins, are you at higher risk of other circulatory problems?

Yes -- if you have varicose veins, you and your doctor should be on the lookout for any related circulatory issues.

Why are varicose veins blue?

The blood in your veins is deoxygenated and on its way to be recirculated to the lungs. Thus, the blue color.

If you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, should they go away on their own?

If you've gotten varicose veins for the first time while pregnant, they should disappear on their own within three months, when your circulation returns to normal.

Why do women get varicose veins so much more than men?

It's probably because of hormonal changes, which happen at so many times in a woman's life. Female hormones (and birth control pills) could weaken vein walls.

What's the common, mild form of varicose veins called?

Spider veins are very thin weblike blood vessels that can been seen near the surface of the skin.

Are hemorrhoids a type of varicose vein?

Yes, hemorrhoids are a kind of varicose vein.

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