Do you hate having random blemishes and lumps form under the skin? Feels like everyone has front row seats making you feel awkward and uncomfortable. One form of these symptoms is what is known as varicose veins and are generally benign. Varicose veins can be found in other parts of the body but are seen most often in the legs that appear to be bumpy and twisting vessels just below the surface of the skin. Veins have three categories namely the superficial veins, deep veins, and perforator veins. Superficial veins are located below the surface of the skin, while the deep veins can be found deep in the muscles like the large blood vessels. The perforator veins connect the two earlier mentioned veins, superficial veins, and deep veins. The blood vessels most often affected by the varicose veins condition are the superficial veins and they are also the veins that are visible when the varicose condition has developed.
Varicose veins will start to be visible on the skin when more valves fail to close allowing the flow of the blood downward. If the blood pressure in a particular section of vein increases, it will cause additional valves to fail to close allowing more blood to pool and stretching the veins, leading to further deterioration of the vein walls. The veins affected by varicose veins lose elasticity in response to the increased blood pressure making the vessel walls weak, which leads to more and more valves not functioning properly. Over the course of time, varicose veins will appear in a distasteful light underneath the skin when the veins become larger and distorted. Varicose veins in the superficial veins are called primary varicosities while the development in the deep veins are known as secondary varicosities.
Life with varicose veins, particularly in the legs, is not an easy one. It can hinder the day to day activities of a person, it can even affect the individual's psychological and physical health. Some people lose confidence and self-esteem because they cannot accept and deal with the unpleasant appearance of varicose veins. Recovering from a loss of confidence is sometimes so difficult that it can change your personality negatively. Some symptoms of this could be the changing of your fashion statement because of paranoia from people noticing their varicose vein bulge. For example, if you were fond of wearing skirts or shorts then you may decide to replace your whole wardrobe to compensate for the situation.
Varicose veins can have a huge impact on your lifestyle due to the pains and aches it gives. The pain can get worse during the night which could keep you awake all night long leading to sleep deprivation. It can get in the way of activities like hiking, running or walking. The distractions of dealing with varicose veins could eventually lead to sluggish work because too much sitting and standing can worsen the condition. Untreated varicose veins can also cause more severe complications such as blood clots, skin damage, and leg ulcerations.
If you see bulging veins on the surface of your legs you might want to take into consideration visiting a specialist to check if there can be an underlying venous issue other than varicose veins.
Disclaimer: This article should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact a licensed physician for a proper diagnosis of your specific case.