Remedies for varicose veins
Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins. It is usually common in the veins in the legs and feet. It is caused by lengthy standing and walking and elevates the pressure place on the veins on the lower part of the body. Varicose vein cause pain and discomfort and cause a severe condition.
Symptoms of varicose veins
- Veins are dark purple or blue in color
- Heavy sensations in the legs
- Veins look twisted and bulging, looks like cords on the legs
- Severe pain with prolonged standing or sitting
- Bleeding from varicose veins
- Itchiness in one or more of the veins
- A painful cord in the cord with red discoloration of the skin
- Changes in color, the veins becomes hardened
- Inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near the ankle
- As the person becomes older, the veins lose elasticity and causing them to stretch. The blood in the veins that should be moving to the heart flows backward and pools in the veins. The veins become enlarged and turn into a varicose.
- Pregnancy causes an increase in the volume of blood in the body, but a reduced flow of blood from the legs to the pelvis. Varicose veins worsen during the late stage of pregnancy when the uterus exerts strain on the veins in the legs.
- Avoid keeping the legs in one position for a prolonged time to prevent reduced flow of blood in the legs and result to pooling of the blood in the veins. Change positions at least every 30 minutes. Stand up take a walk and stretch the arms and legs every 30 minutes.
- Raise the leg above the level of the heart when sitting to lessen pressure placed on the blood vessels. Avoid crossing the legs when sitting down. Put the legs on a stool or another chair to increase blood circulation in the area and lessen the pain. Another alternative is sleeping on the back and raise the leg is also good for the condition.
- Prescribed compression stockings. They gently squeeze the legs, to increase flow of blood in the affected area.
- Avoid wearing high heel shoes and tight fitting clothing especially around the waist, legs or groin to prevent problems with circulations. Wear loose clothing that does constrict these areas.
- Perform regular exercises such as walking or jogging for at least 30 minutes every day for proper blood circulation in the body especially in the legs and reduce weight to lessen development of varicose veins.
- Maintain a well balanced diet by eating variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce consumption of salt to stabilize the blood pressure and lessen pressure placed on the veins. A low-salt diet lessens the swelling in the legs. Bioflavonoid found in dark leafy vegetables, dark berries, spinach, garlic and onion to keep the vein healthy.
- Avoid drinking alcohol to prevent dilating the blood vessels and result to worsening of varicose veins