Our veins are an integral part of our circulation system, acting as a roadway which drives de-oxygenated blood back to our hearts.
When young, we may only be able to see our veins through the paper-thin skin on the insides of our wrists and elbows. But as we age, we may be able to see our veins popping up in some rather unexpected places. Learn why your veins may become more visible with age and the causes of varicose veins.
Why Can I See My Veins?
Veins becoming more obvious is often associated with age, but it can be the result of a number of health issues as well, including:
- Prolonged use of oral contraception
- Standing for lengthy periods of time
Any of these can result in varicose veins. The bluish-purple or red coloured bulging lines are not only unsightly, but can also be painful, with a dull ache being described by sufferers.
Varicose veins can also result in some health risks. When blood pools in the vein, it may cause some aching and swelling which can be irritating for many sufferers. There is also a slightly higher risk of blood clotting.
What Your Veins Are Trying To Tell You
There is a myriad of reasons why someone may suffer from varicose veins. Some people will require intervention so that their legs are more comfortable, without achy or swollen legs. Others will choose to have treatments owing to the cosmetic concerns.
Varicose veins associated with pregnancy/menopause/oral contraception use:
Varicose veins stemming from any of the above suggest an increase in weight or a chemical imbalance. Your doctor can give you advice on how to deal with varicose veins caused by a hormonal imbalance, and offer solutions or tips.
Varicose veins due to obesity:
An overall weight loss plan is important, but compression clothing and non-surgical procedures can also help reduce your risk of health complications caused by varicose veins. Having a high weight in general will also put more pressure on your legs contributing to any swelling already present.
Varicose veins due to standing:
People who stand for long periods of the day tend to have a higher risk of varicose veins for some reason. Hairdressers, factory workers, retails staff, nurses are examples of groups who often develop varicose veins. Using stockings is a good idea initially however if there is continued swelling or aching an assessment suggested.
Varicose veins are not necessarily a major health issue, but it is difficult to know without a proper assessment. Start off by arranging for a specialised ultrasound scan so that the source and severity of your varicose veins can be determined. From there, you and a health professional can map out the most suitable treatment plan for your health and well-being.
Our doctors at The Vein Institute are on hand to help the people of Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra who are suffering pain caused by varicose veins. Your first consultation will include a special ultrasound scan and assessment.