Do you hate having random blemishes and lumps 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 that are most often affected by varicose veins are the superficial veins and are also more visible when this condition develops because superficial veins are the veins that are closest to the surface of the body.
Varicose veins occur when your vein valves fail to close properly, allowing the flow of blood to reverse or pool in one area. Additionally, if the blood pressure rises in a particular section of the vein, it can cause other neighboring valves to fail as well, allowing more blood to pool and stretch your 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 a domino effect of more and more valves not functioning properly. Over the course of time, varicose veins begin to appear in a distasteful light underneath the skin when the veins become enlarged and distorted. Varicose veins in the superficial veins are also known as primary varicosities while the development in the deep veins is known as secondary varicosities.
Life with varicose veins, particularly in the legs, is not an easy one to deal with. It can hinder your day-to-day activities, and it can even affect your physical as well as psychological health. Some people may lose confidence and self-esteem because they cannot deal with the unpleasant and embarrassing appearance of varicose veins. Sometimes recovering from a loss of confidence is 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 condition. For example, if you were once fond of wearing skirts or shorts, but then you decide to replace your whole wardrobe to compensate for the situation with long dresses, pants, or socks.
Varicose veins can also have a huge impact on your lifestyle due to the pains and aches it gives. The pain can persist throughout the night, which could keep you awake, leading to sleep deprivation. It can get in the way of fun activities, such as hiking, climbing, running or walking. The distractions of dealing with varicose veins could eventually lead to sluggish work because too much sitting and standing can aggravate the condition. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause severe complications such as blood clots, skin damage, and leg ulcers.
If you see bulging veins on the surface of your skin, you might want to consider visiting a specialist to check if there might 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.