Patients with varicose veins often develop aching, throbbing, cramping, burning, itching and other symptoms that may indicate a need for medical attention.
If you’ve ever poked and prodded at the enlarged blue or red lumpy lines on your legs, you may have done so while wondering how in the heck you got varicose veins in the first place.
Do your daily habits play a role in causing them? Do you even have any control over their sudden appearance? The answer to both questions is yes.
According to WebMD, although they can be painful and disfiguring, they are usually harmless. When inflamed, they become tender to the touch and can hinder circulation to the point of causing itchiness, swollen ankles, and aching limbs.
Nowadays, doctors use laser treatments to close off smaller spider veins and varicose veins. A strong burst of light is focused on the vein, which causes it to fade slowly and ultimately disappear.
Varicose veins often affect the legs, since they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upward.