Do you have troublesome, large, swollen veins that twist and cause you embarrassment? Before you consult a dermatologist or ask your local doctor, you may want to do a little personal research so you can tell the doctor your concerns and understand the answers he gives you. The larger veins are typically called Varicose veins and the smaller, red and purple vessels are called Spider veins.
There are several reasons why you might find yourself with these unsightly swollen veins. If you descend from a line of people who have suffered with them, you are more at risk. Any occupation that requires a great deal of standing, such as working as a factory line employee, nurse or teacher can cause this condition. Unfortunately, spider and varicose veins might also be a result of taking certain birth control pills and how they react in your particular body. Obese people are at a much higher risk of varicose veins, along with people who have a history of blood clots.
Statistics show that women are more prone to suffer from varicose veins as men. It may or may not be a painful condition and should be discussed with your doctor right away, if it is. There are other symptoms associated with varicose and spider veins, such as fatigue, tingling in the legs, burning, throbbing and restlessness.
Treatment for spider veins include wearing support hose and keeping the feet elevated, especially when sleeping and when the symptoms are at a peak. Pain and uncomfortable swelling may come and go.
Whenever you have questions, you should consult your doctor. There are major and minor treatments your doctor will suggest. These include wearing support hose, losing weight and exercise to more in-depth treatments, like endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency occlusion. You should consult with your doctor to see what is best for you.