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Varicose Veins: When should you call your Doctor?

Varicose veins are a health issue that almost 60% of adults go through. People with this condition usually feel uncomfortable most of the time, and this may have a negative impact on their health. They are known to appear on ankles and legs and can lead to a lot of discomforts.

Causes
Valves are meant to maintain the flow of blood from the legs up to the heart. However, with time, these valves may grow weak, and if they are not working the way they are supposed to, then there is a possibility of a blood clot in your leg. This may, therefore, enable your vein to be weaker, twisted and larger.

Who gets it?

Varicose is common in women. However, it can also occur in men as well.

Below are its risk factors:
 -Because of increased high blood pressure, there may be increased chances of blood clots.
-Pregnancy: With repeated pregnancies, the risk of varicose veins is increased.
-If you are overweight, then you are at high risk as well, this is because your veins will be provided with less support.
-There some occupations that may put you at risk, these may be occupations that require you to have prolonged sitting.
-There are some health conditions like liver diseases and heart failure, which can lead to increased pressure in the abdomen; this can, therefore, increase your chances for varicose veins.

Signs you need to call your doctor:
-If your foot starts developing open sores, then this may be an indication of infections, especially if they have become swollen and tender.
-Swollen and painful legs may indicate a blood clot in the deep vein; this may be a very serious health problem, and immediate medical attention should be provided.
-If the symptoms fail to improve with home remedies, then you need to seek medical help.
-The skin over the varicose veins can bleed. If this happens, then you should know that it is time you call your doctor.

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