Derived from a Latin word 'varix', which means twisted, varicose is a situation that arises as a result of weak veins. Veins are the carriers of impure blood, from the different parts of the body, back to the heart. When these veins become weak, instead of carrying the blood to the heart, they flow it back, thus resulting in congestion. Though the problem of varicose veins may occur in any part of the body, legs are the most susceptible region.
Symptoms and Signs of Varicose Veins
Although there are some people who never experience any pain or discomfort before the appearance of varicose veins. For most people there will be signs before varicose veins appear. Some of these signs are itching around a vein or an achy or heavy feeling in your legs can also signal the sign of up coming varicose veins.
Long periods of sitting or standing will usually make your legs feel worse. If you see the appearance of skin ulcers near, around or on your ankles might represent a sever form of vascular disease and will require immediate medical attention.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Veins in your legs have to pump blood from the bottom of your feet all the way back to your heart, working against gravity. To do this there are small valves in your veins that open to allow the blood to travel to the heart and close to keep the blood from falling back to the bottom of your body.
With added pressure or strain on your legs from walking, standing or sitting and also from age veins are weakened causing them stretch. When this happens blood that should be flowing to your heart is left to pool up in the veins. The veins will become enlarged and this results in a varicose vein. Varicose veins will be blue in color because they are filled with blood that has lost its oxygen.
Risk Factors for Varicose Veins
There are several risk factors for varicose veins. Aging can cause wear on the veins over time and cause the valves in the veins to malfunction. Genetics can also be a risk factor. If you have members that have or had varicose veins there is a better chance that you too will end up with varicose veins. An over weight person forces their legs to carry a larger amount of weight, which causes more pressure on their legs and causes varicose veins.
Being in the same position for long periods of time can cause varicose veins, since blood does not flow well when the body is in the same position for long periods of time. Lastly women are more at risk for varicose veins than men. Hormone changes in women during pregnancy, menstruation and menopause causes a vein walls to relax. Taking birth control pills or hormone supplements can also cause varicose veins since they cause a change in the normal hormone levels in the body.
Diet for Varicose Veins
Diets for varicose veins are listed below:
High Fiber Diet to Treat Varicose Veins: Constipation can increase the risk of varicose veins by building up pressure and further aggravating the condition. Experts opine that fibers can add bulk to the stools and stimulate normal bowel contractions, thereby controlling varicose veins. One may regularly include whole grains (millet, buckwheat), legumes, fruits and vegetables etc in regular diet.
Drink Plenty of Water to Reduce Varicose Veins: It is recommended to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water regularly. This can keep the body hydrated and prevent hardening of stools when we do not consume enough water.
Home Remedies for Back Pain
Taking hot Epsom salt bath, two times in a week, will prove effective in treating varicose veins.
Another useful home remedy would be to massage the affected area with rosemary oil.
Take some fuller's earth powder and add some water to it, until it forms a paste. Apply this mudpack on the affected area at night and leave it on till the morning. Then, rinse off with water.
In 4 ounces of carrier oil (almond oil), add 12 drops each of cypress and rosemary essential oils. Apply this mixture on the legs, by gently stroking them in an upward motion. This is an effective way to treat varicose veins.
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