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Frequently Asked Questions

What is varicose veins?
Varicose veins is a term often used to describe everything from smaller, spider veins (red or blue veins on the surface of the skin) to true varicose veins (swollen, bulging veins with a rope-like appearance). Varicose veins are quite common, affecting 15 percent of men and 25 percent of women. Varicose vein symptoms can include swelling, leg fatigue and tiredness, leg pain, as well as burning and itching sensations.

What are the causes of varicose veins?
Varicose veins are almost always associated with venous reflux, which occurs when the valves in the leg veins don’t work well and backward blood flow causes pooling in the lower leg. Without proper treatment, the pressure on the veins may increase over time and cause more varicose veins and symptoms. People with a family history of varicose veins and who are older, obese or are pregnant are at increased risk of developing varicose veins.

What happens if varicose veins are left unreated?
If you have underlying venous disease, such as venous reflux, the pressure created by backflow of blood and pooling in the lower legs may create a progressive condition that can worsen with time. This may lead to additional spider veins and varicose veins, and in some cases can lead to swelling and venous ulcers at the lower calf and ankle. Only a trained vein specialist can effectively evaluate your spider veins or varicose veins.

Can varicose veins be prevented?
There is definitive answer if varicose veins can be prevented, but certain activities may help limit the disease’s progression and symptoms, such as routine exercise, keeping a healthy and normal weight, avoiding excessively long periods of standing or sitting, and the use of compression stockings may all help alleviate symptoms of varicose veins.

Our Huntington Beach Vein Surgeon, Dr. Yasser Salem, received specialty training that keeps him on the leading edge of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for the treatment of vein disease. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.