At the risk of starting to sound like someone who has experienced every health problem on this site (I haven�t!), I certainly have the experience of varicose veins. My mother, her mother, and two of my sisters have undergone varicose vein removal after developing varicose veins during pregnancy. With three children and the laws of heredity, I think it�s time to look at varicose vein prevention.
What Do Varicose Veins Look Like ?
I have memories of being at the beach as a child and of my mother being unwilling to show her legs. In spite of having six children she was (and is) a total babe. The only reason for her shyness was her varicose veins.
In her case, and in many others, varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins, often dark blue in color, near or raised above the surface of the skin. Having undergone surgery for her varicose veins in the 1960�s, my mother was not satisfied with their look before or after. Fortunately, varicose vein prevention and varicose vein treatment have moved on a great deal since then.
Varicose Veins in Pregnancy and Other Factors
There are several factors known to contribute to varicose veins - you can find them all on this site. If you are a woman and/or overweight, you would be wise to look at our section on varicose vein prevention.
Heredity is also a factor, as are varicose veins as a result of pregnancy. Some of them may disappear, but varicose veins become more common if you have more than one pregnancy.
Varicose Vein Prevention, Varicose Vein Treatment and Varicose Vein Removal Varicose vein prevention, varicose vein treatment and varicose vein removal are all topics that require considerable more coverage than I can offer in one column. I�ll have to look at them another time.
In the meantime, there is plenty of excellent information on varicose vein prevention, varicose vein treatment and varicose vein removal on this site. Right now, my legs are aching in sympathy. I need to take a hike.
About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family. She now edits and writes content for the U.K. Health and Safety Executive. Fran graduated in 1993 with a degree in English Literature.