Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that lie just under the skin and usually occur in the legs.
This health topic focuses on varicose veins in the legs, but sometimes varicose veins form in other parts of the body. Hemorrhoids, for example, are a type of varicose vein that develops in the rectum. Telangiectasia, often called spider veins, is another type of vein problem that affects smaller blood vessels.
What are the symptoms?
A posterior view of the external female lower legs. Easily seen and identified with a label are varicose veins coursing down the legs. Medical Animation Copyright © 2022 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved. external link
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
-Bulging, bluish vein or veins
-Swelling in the legs
-Aching pain in the legs
-A feeling of heaviness in the legs and feet
-Itching around the vein or veins
-Skin color changes around the vein or veins
-Nighttime leg cramps
Sometimes varicose veins can limit your activities. Your symptoms may get worse when you sit or are on your feet for long periods, and they may get better when you lie down or put your feet up.
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