pregnant woman pointing to a varicose vein on her thighDuring pregnancy, your uterus grows and puts pressure on the inferior vena cava–a large vein on the right side of your body. This increases pressure in your leg veins.

A woman’s blood volume doubles to supply blood to both her and her baby. This puts extra pressure on the blood vessels, especially those in the legs, to push the extra blood back up to the heart. 

If you’re concerned about developing varicose veins, this article is for you.

What Causes Varicose Veins During Pregnancy? 

Pregnancy is one of the major risk factors for varicose veins along with the following: 

Heredity

One of the biggest factors of varicose veins is heredity. If you have a family history of varicose veins in your family, chances are that you will, too.

Hormones

During pregnancy your hormones rise, causing the vein walls to become more relaxed.

Twins or multiples 

Pregnancy with multiples puts extra strain on veins and arteries. You may see an increased amount during pregnancy with multiples.

Being Overweight

Extra weight increases the demands on your already overworked circulatory system. Keep your weight within the recommended range for your stage of pregnancy. Eat foods high in water.

Prolonged standing

Standing for long periods of time also increases a pregnant woman’s chances of developing varicose veins. Try to take breaks and sit to avoid long periods of time on your feet.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins During Pregnancy? 

While you can’t prevent all risk factors, especially a family history of varicose veins and hormonal changes, you can still take steps to help prevent or lessen the effects of varicose veins during pregnancy.

Exercise 

Even a brisk walk around the block can improve your circulation.

Elevate your feet and legs 

Rest your legs on a stool when you’re sitting and elevate your feet and legs with pillows when you’re lying down.

Do Varicose Veins Go Away After Pregnancy?

Varicose veins during pregnancy usually resolve on their own. But the more severe your varicose veins are, the more likely they’ll stay. The good news is that varicose veins in your vagina or vulva almost always resolve after delivery.

Varicose veins may itch or hurt, and they can be unsightly. Treatment, if needed, can usually be postponed until after you have your baby. If you’re having pain or discomfort or are just generally worried about your varicose veins, don’t hesitate to get help and call your doctor.

 

 

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Delaware state character riding a bike toward healthier veinsOur veins are pretty amazing when you think about it. They move ALL our blood (over 1 gallon!) up towards the heart and lungs. But if they don’t work properly, the blood flows backward and pools, leading to large, swollen, or itchy veins.

If you experience vein discomfort like this, you’re not alone. Over 48 million men and women suffer from vein diseases like spider and varicose veins. But Good News! Not only are there treatments for it, but there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your vein health.

The following lifestyle changes may help reduce the appearance of veins and improve their overall health. Seek treatment from a certified vein specialist to address your vein health concerns before the condition worsens.

1. Increase Your Physical Activity

Walking just 30 minutes a day is a great way to get moving and help the blood circulate in your legs and feet. When you walk, the muscles in your legs help push the blood through your veins, which will decrease the pressure in your varicose veins.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

When you stay hydrated, your blood tends to be thinner which makes it easier for your body to circulate. Thinner blood also makes clotting less likely to occur. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

3. Shed A Few Pounds

Extra weight puts a strain on your heart and organs and can make varicose veins worse. Losing weight can alleviate vein-related pain and swelling as well as slow the formation of new varicose veins.

4. Easy on the Salt

Salt retains water. When you eat salty food, the extra fluid in your bloodstream makes your veins work harder. The result is higher blood pressure and strain on the delicate walls of your veins. Try looking for low-sodium food alternatives, or use substitutes like lemon juice when you want more flavor

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5. Quit Smoking

Smoking damages your lungs wreaks havoc on arteries and put you at risk for many other cardiovascular issues. The chemicals in tobacco remove oxygen and thicken the blood. The Nicotine also makes your veins harden and narrow. This causes the blood to flow at a much slower pace and ultimately, damages the function of your blood vessels.

6. Raise Your Legs and Feet

Elevating your legs will keep the blood from pooling in your lower leg. This will reduce swelling and improve overall blood flow. Aim to lift your legs at the same level as your heart or higher. If it’s comfortable in your body, lay on your back and place your legs up a wall. Place a fluffy pillow under your legs or back for added comfort and support.

7. Avoid Prolonged Sitting or Standing

If your job or lifestyle involves sitting or standing for long periods of time, it’s important that you stretch. Practice bending and flexing your legs periodically to keep the blood circulating and prevent pooling. Just raising your legs up and down can help with any backed-up blood flow. When sitting, try not to cross your legs as this can further restrict blood flow to the legs and feet.

8. Ditch the High Heels

When you wear high heels, it minimizes the range of motion in your foot and ankle. As a result, your calf muscle can’t properly pump the blood back up through your veins. This can cause the blood in the leg veins to pool and manifest varicose veins. It is recommended to find a flat shoe that offers support.

 

 

When your veins are healthy and happy, they won’t be visible on the surface of your skin or cause any discomfort and pain. While lifestyle changes may contribute to improved vein health, it is not a permanent solution.

If you have experienced prolonged vein problems, consult with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you. Vein procedures today are non-invasive and covered by most insurance companies. Make sure to find a doctor that specializes in veins to ensure you get the best results possible.

 

At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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Spider veins are more likely to appear after the age of 50, but plenty of 20-somethings can notice these web-like veins on their legs and face. But broken blood vessels at such a young age can be alarming!

Here we talk about ways you can prevent them from happening in your own life as well as addressing what treatments may work best once they do show up for those concerned with early signs of aging.

WHY SPIDER VEINS FORM

Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. They can be bright red or blue, with jagged, short lines, resembling spider webs (hence the creepy name).

Spider veins are typically the result of backup blood or broken capillaries.

CAUSES OF PREMATURE SPIDER VEINS

Spider veins on the legs or face can develop at any age, but some people may be more at risk than others. Possible causes of spiders veins in your 20s include:

  • HORMONE CHANGES: Female hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control can weaken vein walls. As estrogen levels rise, blood levels increase, putting pressure on your veins and causing them to break.
  • SUN EXPOSURE: Sun damage, especially those with fair skin, can inflame blood vessels, drawing them closer to the skin.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE: An intense sneeze or vomiting can cause a change in blood pressure, which can break the capillaries.
  • INACTIVITY: Occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing can put you at higher risk for developing spider veins.
  • GENETICS: A family history of blood clots or varicose veins can put you at higher risk.
  • FAIR SKIN: Very fair skin can make your veins more visible, causing your skin to look flushed and red.
  • ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol can cause the veins to fill with more blood, making spider veins visible.
  • HIGH HEELS: Wearing high heels can minimize the range of motion in your foot and ankle. As a result, your calf muscle can’t properly pump the blood back up through your veins.

PREVENTING SPIDER VEINS

Thankfully, there are many lifestyle changes young people can make to either prevent or treat the appearance of spider veins. Consider these tips and remedies for preventing spider veins in your 20s:

  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Avoid extreme heat from hot showers, saunas, or beaches
  • Get regular physical activity to get your blood circulating
  • Maintain a healthy weight

TREATING SPIDER VEINS

So, what else can be done? There are a few treatments to consider, depending on the severity of your spider veins and how much they bother you. It’s a good idea to get your veins checked out by a certified vein specialist to determine what’s best for you.

Here are some options to consider:

  • SCLEROTHERAPY: This is the most common and effective medical procedure for treating spider veins. A chemical is injected into your veins that blocks blood flow. It may take more than one round of treatment to address a vein.
  • LASER TREATMENT: The second most common spider vein reduction treatment involves applying strong surges of light to the affected area, causing the spider vein to fade away. The advantage to this procedure is that there are no incisions or needles involved. However, it may not be as effective as sclerotherapy. Redness, swelling, and skin discoloration are common side effects.

Spider Veins are purely a cosmetic concern, but many people still find their lives affected by them, especially when in their 20s. If they affect your quality of life, it’s still worth looking into treating them, especially since they will progress if you don’t make some lifestyle changes to address your symptoms.

 

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dark lump on leg that may be symptom of phlebitis
Have you noticed an area on your leg that’s dark with a lump? This is a common symptom of phlebitis.

It refers to the inflammation of veins, which can cause blood clots called Thrombophlebitis if left untreated.

Here, we’ll go over what causes phlebitis so you can better understand how to treat it.

What Causes Phlebitis?

Phlebitis has many causes but the most common causes are:

  • Local trauma or injury to the vein
  • Prolonged inactivities like long driving or plane rides
  • Insertion of intravenous catheters (IV) in hospitals
  • IV induced after surgery, especially orthopedic procedures
  • Prolonged immobility, as in hospitalized or bed-ridden patients
  • Varicose veins
  • Underlying cancers or clotting disorders
  • Removal of lymph nodes or after mastectomy for breast cancer

Phlebitis can also occur in individuals whose blood has a tendency to clot, often caused by circulatory issues.

How to Treat Phlebitis

Phlebitis can be treated with:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Blood thinners to prevent clots from enlarging
  • Self-care like a healthy diet and exercise
  • Warm compress
  • Compression stockings

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Home Remedies for Phlebitis

Here are some simple at-home treatments to relieve phlebitis symptoms:

  • Use warm/cold compresses
  • Elevate the affected leg for better blood flow
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Use over the counter drugs

How Long Does Phlebitis Take to Go Away?

A short-term condition of phlebitis will subside in 1-3 weeks.

How to Prevent Phlebitis

Some preventive measures of phlebitis and thrombophlebitis include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Performing leg exercises
  • Quit smoking

Can Phlebitis Turn into Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

If left untreated, phlebitis poses an increased risk of developing blood clots in deeper veins.

The development of a serious blood clot is known as deep vein thrombosis.

One of the primary risks of DVT is a clot breaking free of the blood vessel wall and traveling through the body to the lungs. It can lodge in a pulmonary artery and block blood flow back to the heart. The situation can be life-threatening.

In the event that phlebitis has caused a deep vein thrombosis, hospitalization is often recommended along with anti-blood clot or blood thinner medications and monitoring.

 

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Raynaud's disease causes
What is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud’s disease is a rare condition that affects the arteries. The disorder involves brief episodes of vasospasm, a narrowing of blood flow to the fingers and toes. Symptoms include a numb sensation in response to cold temperatures or stress.

What Causes Raynaud’s Disease?

In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin become narrow. Usually, little or no blood flows to affected body parts.

What are the Symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease?

The skin turns white or blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected areas may turn red and throb, tingle, burn, or feel numb.

What Are the Causes of Raynaud’s Disease?

  • Conditions that damage the arteries or nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet.
  • Repetitive actions that damage the nerves controlling the arteries in the hands and feet.
  • Injuries to the hands and feet.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals.
  • Medicines that narrow the arteries or affect blood pressure.
  • Mild or brief changes in temperature.
  • Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud’s disease.

Is There Treatment for Raynaud’s Disease?

Most people who have primary Raynaud’s can manage the condition with lifestyle changes. Those who have more severe Raynaud’s may need medicine and lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle changes can help you avoid things that may trigger a Raynaud’s attack. Examples of such triggers include cold temperatures, emotional stress, workplace or recreational factors, and contact with certain chemicals or medicines.

Protect Yourself From Cold Temperatures: Wear a hat, mittens (rather than gloves), scarf, coat with snug cuffs, and warm socks and shoes during cold weather. Put hand and foot warmers in your gloves, boots, socks, or pockets. Avoid Other Stress Triggers Try to avoid things that make you upset or stressed. Learn ways to handle the stress that you can’t avoid. Physical activity helps some people cope with stress. Other people listen to music or practice yoga.

Avoid Workplace and Recreational Triggers: For example, limit the use of vibrating tools, such as drills. Wear proper protective gear if you work with industrial chemicals. Also, try to limit repetitive hand actions, such as typing or playing the piano.

Medicines that can Trigger Raynaud’s:

  • Migraine headache medicines that contain ergotamine. This substance causes your arteries to narrow.
  • Certain cancer medicines, such as cisplatin and vinblastine.
  • Over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines or diet aids. Some of these medicines can narrow your arteries.
  • Beta-blockers slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
  • Birth control pills can affect blood flow.

Medication for Raynaud’s

If lifestyle changes don’t control Raynaud’s, you may need medicines to improve blood flow. Some include calcium channel blockers, alpha-blockers, and skin creams.

 

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can varicose veins come back after treatment?
There are lots of reasons why you might seek treatment for varicose veins. Often times it’s because you’re self-conscious of their appearance. But others experience painful symptoms like heaviness, itching, burning, swelling, and discoloration.
Luckily, a vein specialist offers a variety of treatments for your vein condition, cosmetic or health-related. But what does it really take to get rid of your veins for good? And can your varicose veins come back?
 

How Varicose Vein Treatment Works

Varicose vein treatments are not a one-size-fits-all process. It usually involves non-invasive procedures like sclerotherapy, micro-phlebectomy, or ablations.
 
Each patient has individual health needs and risk factors. One single treatment method may not be enough to achieve the results you want. There’s even a possibility that your varicose veins may return after treatment.
 

Why Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment

The likelihood of your varicose veins returning after treatment depends on several factors:
  • What caused your varicose veins to develop in the first place
  • Which method(s) of treatment was performed
  • The underlying factor of your vein disease like obesity or genetics
If your varicose veins do reappear, more treatments may be advised. Regardless of why your varicose veins return, it’s important to get treatment. Don’t you want to avoid pain, discomfort, and other serious health conditions in the future?
 

How to Prevent Varicose Veins from Coming Back

Varicose vein treatments are highly effective, but that doesn’t mean your veins are gone for good. If you experience risk factors like genetics, obesity, or pregnancy, you might develop varicose veins in a new spot after vein treatment. You can help prevent the reoccurrence of varicose veins by:
  • Losing excess weight
  • Exercising daily 
  • Moving around frequently throughout the day
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Managing underlying health conditions
  • Wearing compression socks

can varicose veins come back after treatment?

No treatment ensures you won’t experience the recurrence of new varicose veins. But, you can improve your vein health by scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist to ensure the best possible outcome.

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