Various vein and vascular problems can negatively affect appearance and lead to lower self-esteem. They can, at times, also produce symptoms that can make it difficult to make it through the day. Fortunately for those that have these conditions, effective treatments are available. A vascular problem is typically not something that an individual must put up with for the rest of his or her life.
Varicose veins are most common when it comes to conditions that produce symptoms. They form in the legs and are almost never found in other parts of the body. They develop when the blood inside the vessels does not flow in the proper manner.
Inside the veins are one-way valves that are there to keep the blood flowing in only one direction. The veins have the job of returning the blood to the lungs, where it can receive a fresh supply of oxygen. It will then go back through the body through the arteries.
When the valves in the veins fail to work properly, the pull of gravity can make the blood in the veins go in the wrong direction between beats of the heart. This happens in the legs because the veins there are longer than those in other parts of the body. In addition, when a person is standing, the proper flow of the blood is in an upward direction. Failure of the valves leads to pooling of the blood that is caused by the backup created by gravity. This leads to added pressure being placed against the vessel walls, and the veins will enlarge as a result.
The enlarged condition of the veins will make them show through the skin in the form of large, blue streaks. To make the appearance even worse, the enlarged condition of the veins can make the skin bulge out also. The bulging will resemble cords under the skin. While technically not considered a symptom, the appearance can lead to difficulty functioning because of the loss of self-esteem. In these situations, the veins should definitely be treated.
Symptoms that produce physical discomforts are also common with varicose veins, although not everyone who has the condition experiences them. Those that do, however, will frequently find their vein and vascular condition to be painful. The aches and pains can also be accompanied by itching and burning. Varicose veins can also cause some numbness and tingling of the legs as well.
Your best long-term plan for dealing with vein and vascular problems is to make an appointment with the team at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg and discuss the available treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.