Self care such as exercise elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings can help you ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them from getting worse but if youre concerned about how your veins look and feel and self care measures havent stopped your condition from getting worse see your doctor. Varicose and other vein problems self care blood flows slowly from the veins in your legs back to your heart due to gravity blood tends to pool in your legs primarily when you stand as a result you may have varicose veins swelling in your legs skin changes or even a skin ulcer sore in your lower legs venous stasis ulcers . Theres no way to completely prevent varicose veins but improving your circulation and muscle tone can reduce your risk of developing varicose veins or getting additional ones the same measures you can take to treat the discomfort from varicose veins at home can help prevent varicose veins including exercising watching your weight. The blood breaks down the surrounding tissue and an ulcer forms venous skin ulcers venous skin ulcers like varicose veins can also be visible and cause some individuals to be self conscious about the look of their legs ulcers can make the skin appear dark red or purple and the skin can also feel dry and itchy. Varicose veins are a common condition of swollen twisted veins that you can see just under the skin these veins usually occur in the legs learn more about causes risk factors screening and prevention symptoms diagnoses and treatments for varicose veins and how to participate in clinical trials
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