About half of the population will one day have a vein problem.
For some, it will involve the thinner, blotchy spider veins that don’t bother some people, but cause itching or burning in others. Still others will be plagued by the more noticeable bulging of varicose veins.
Most varicose veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, the force of gravity and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body back to the heart.
In some people, varicose veins simply look bothersome. In others, they can cause pain and throbbing and even serious problems like skin sores that won’t heal, bleeding and either superficial blood clots or more dangerous ones called deep vein thrombosis. These can be fatal, should a clot travel to the lungs.
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