Some families have a history of varicose veins. Women are more likely to develop this vein disorder than men. Extra body weight and standing for long periods of time are also risk factors. Learn more in this infographic from a vein clinic in Chicago.
Blood Pooling In The Legs May Cause Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are dilated, twisting and bulging veins. Symptoms include aching, swelling, itching and heaviness in the leg. Varicose veins make it difficult to stand, walk, work and participate in your favorite activities. Left untreated they can become a serious medical condition and may cause blood clots, skin ulcerations, bleeding and skin pigment changes.
Small, superficial veins that appear close to the surface of the skin and are dark in color are called spider veins. In many instances, spider veins are fed by larger sources of reflux occurring within the venous system. In most cases, spider veins can be treated through micro-injections of a medicinal agent designed specifically to kill the targeted veins. These procedures are performed within the office and generally require no down time.