Do you think you may have varicose vein disease? It’s best to make sure and not leave it untreated. Varicose vein disease is a problem that affects both men and women, but is much more common in women. Varicose veins can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but what are the symptoms of varicose vein disease.

Varicose vein disease
Varicose vein disease also known as venous reflux,is a condition that occurs because of malfunctioning valves within the veins. These one-way valves facilitate the flow of blood through the veins and towards the heart. However, if they malfunction and don’t close properly, blood leaks back in the opposite direction down the veins.

The backward flow causes blood to pool inside the veins, which makes them swell and stretch, resulting in the formation of varicose veins. Varicose vein usually occur on the legs.

What are the symptoms of varicose vein disease?
If you have bulging, twisted veins below the surface of the skin that are blue or purple in color, these are likely to be varicose veins. Varicose veins can sometimes bleed or become painful, and also cause the legs to throb or feel heavy. Itching around the veins is another symptom of varicose vein disease.

Causes
Varicosevein disease is often hereditary, but the condition is also common in individuals that either lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have jobs that require excessive standing. Varicose veins often affect pregnant women, as the increased hormone levels can cause the veins to enlarge.

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