"Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They are caused when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or pool.
More than 23 percent of all adults are thought to be affected by varicose veins. Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States is affected by varicose veins.
But, although they are unpleasant, varicose veins rarely need to be treated for health reasons.
However, if the patient experiences swelling, aching, and painful legs and is in considerable discomfort, treatment is required. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options available, including home-care methods.
Occasionally, in very severe cases, the varicose veins may rupture, or develop into varicose ulcers on the skin. These will also require treatment."
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