Have you recently noticed several veins on your legs that are significantly larger and more visible than other veins on your body? Have you thought that these might be varicose veins? If you have never thought before of a possibility of developing varicose veins and if you have never struggled with such problems before, you may be wondering what are they exactly, why they appear and will they simply go away on their own or will you need some kind of varicose veins treatment.
What Are Varicose Veins and Why They Develop?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted and swollen veins that appear dark purple or bluish in color and that usually develop on your lower legs, although they might appear on some other bodily parts as well. The population that is most affected by this problem are women, especially those after 50. However, it is not unusual that men suffer from varicose veins too. In fact, any person of any age can develop them due to the wide range of factors such as hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, after menopause and in puberty, obesity, high blood pressure, some severe injuries to the legs and veins, but the faulty valves in the veins are to blame the most.
These valves allow the blood to flow backward and pool up. Such backward blood flow and pooling cause the veins to become enlarged and weakened. This is followed by the failure of the weakened vein valves, and they will not disappear or repair themselves on their own, and the problem will require an appropriate medical treatment. So the answer to the question do varicose veins go away just like that is no, unless you treat and cure them properly.
What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Varicose Veins and When Should You Seek Help?
As it has been already mentioned varicose veins are easy to be noticed as they appear as large, twisted and swollen dark purple or blue blood vessels immediately below the surface of the skin. Sometimes although a person develops varicose veins, he/she may not experience any signs, and he/she may not suffer and be bothered by any unpleasant symptoms, but this does not mean that such veins should be left untreated. Other people, for instance, will experience a feeling of heaviness and tiredness in lower legs that will worsen after the long periods of standing, sitting, after exercise and at night. This may be followed by pain that may also become worsened after being physically active or, as it has been already said after long sitting or holding your legs crossed for a long time. Swelling, cramps, and itchy feeling around varicose veins may appear, as well as certain changes on the skin such as discoloration of the skin, skin ulcers, etc. No matter what of these symptoms you experience, immediately after they occur you should seek help from your doctor or dermatologist because these veins if left untreated can become even larger and lead to some serious health issues and even death.