Lumpy, bumpy bulges on legs that can be discolored bluish or reddish are called varicose veins. Symptoms can include leg swelling, aches, or itching.
It’s a common problem, with one in five adults dealing with varicose veins. The cause is mainly hereditary.
“They have abnormalities in these tiny little valves in the veins in their legs and the circulation in their legs isn’t efficient,” said Dr. Lewis Owens, a vascular surgeon at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Vascular and Vein Center. “Over time, these valves become more leaky and the pressure in the veins builds up and develops bulges in the veins.”
Treating varicose veins has gotten much easier with technological advancements. Lewis says treatment is an outpatient procedure.
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