It’s not uncommon for you to look down at your leg and find a huge vein sticking out from your leg. Varicose veins can be scary and they certainly are not pretty. Most times we are unaware they are even there forming on our legs or calves. Many people have them and simply accept them for what they are. However, bulging veins in leg or calf can be a sign of health problems down the road. It’s important to understand varicose veins and why they occur. If you don’t have varicose veins currently, but fear you may later in life or your health is failing, consider these warning signs.

What are they?

First off, varicose veins can appear as our arteries and capillaries inside our bodies move blood for the heart and push it throughout the rest of our system signaling our veins to send that exact blood back to our hearts. The veins in our leg work against gravity and we can put a lot of strain on them. If they become damaged or weakened in any sort of way that blood will flow backwards and begin storing in our veins. This is when you see an unattractive spread of varicose veins running down one’s legs or the back of their calves.

Warning Signs

Not everyone will have warning signs that varicose veins are developing and growing on their body. However, for those who do experience some kind of symptoms they are often the following:

  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Leg tiredness
  • Ankles and legs are swollen
  • Veins begin to itch
  • Cramping in the legs
  • Legs throb, burn and tingle
  • Skin discoloration, such as turning brown near the ankle
  • Visible Varicose vein that has dry skin
  • Scaling skin
  • Leg ulcer develops
  • The tortuous vein is inflamed

Why Me?

Research show that nearly 30 to 50 percent of adults have been diagnosed with varicose veins. They also tend to happen more often in women than in men. One reason is because women have more progesterone inside their bodies. This puts women at risk as progesterone relaxes our vessels. In addition to that, woman can experience varicose veins from pregnancy, puberty cycles and menopause. Here are some other contributing factors:

  • History of family with varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Growing in Age
  • Hormones
  • Sitting and standing too long

Prevention

There are some things you can do to prevent varicose veins from starting to appear on your body. However, these options are not a 100 percent accurate and you can still have varicose veins appear.

  • Exercise routinely
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce your time in high heels
  • Balance your time between standing and sitting
  • Avoid too tight clothing around thighs and waist

Am I at Risk?

The only way to determine if you are at risk is to pay attention to your physical symptoms and understand their meaning. If you have a list of sensations in the lower parts of your legs, it can mean varicose veins will form. They are certainly uncomfortable and are a serious medical problem not to be ignored. It’s best to find the adequate medical treatment from your doctor and find relief for your symptoms.