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Varicose veins are not only unsightly; they can also portend more dangerous conditions like blood clotting. Even without the clotting, symptoms for varicose veins can be quite uncomfortable. Pain, swelling and itching can all be signs that come with varicose veins.
It is important for someone who has varicose veins to know what is normal and what needs to be looked at by a doctor. If there is profuse bleeding that does not stop near a vein, if there is unexplained bruising in the leg and skin ulcers are just a few conditions that will require a doctor’s attention.
Varicose veins may be prevented by taking appropriate breaks and maintaining an appropriate body weight. Being overweight greatly increases the strain on the circulatory system. By using diet and exercise, people can reduce their body weight and improve their chances not only of not getting varicose veins, but also avoiding diabetes, heart disease and other health problems related to obesity. Consulting with a doctor for a good exercise regime and a nutritionist for diet advice can certainly be beneficial and help the person start on a lifelong change that will not only take the weight off but keep it off.
Varicose veins are considered a long term problem. There are treatments like schlerotherapy and laser therapy that can get rid of some of the veins, but these treatments do not prevent the formation of new varicose veins. They may also result in scar tissue. Women who get varicose veins when they are pregnant can expect to have them for the rest of their lives. The symptoms will lessen after pregnancy but will probably return in future pregnancies.
Compression socks are not the same as athletic socks. Athletic socks are designed to be use by athletes and may provide more moisture wicking than other socks. However, they do not provide the circulation benefits that compression socks can. Diabetic socks are also another category of sock. Designed to protect the person who experiences diabetes from irritating foot conditions that normal socks may become a part of, diabetic socks are usually seamless, will not bunch or wrinkle and provide moisture wicking. They are also not the same as compression socks. The good news is that compression socks are now made in different colors and styles that are as attractive as normal socks. Check out a variety of compression socks, thigh highs and panty hose available at The CareGiver Partnership.
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Compression socks are a great way to increase blood circulation from the leg to the heart. Designed so that the pressure is greatest at the ankles and least near the top of the sock, compression socks help to narrow the veins and arteries in the lower leg and increase the pressure available to prevent the blood from pooling and send it through the circulatory system.