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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years.
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Varicose veins are most often noticed because they are unsightly, enlarged veins that are bulging under the skin. The majority of patients who come to see us for treatment report other symptoms that can be as distressing as (or more than) the cosmetic appearance.
The symptoms of varicose veins result from the cause, i.e. venous insufficiency. This leads to a pooling of blood in the veins of the legs, which causes distension, which in turn causes the following symptoms:
These symptoms tend to be worse after standing or sitting still for long periods of time, and during periods of hot weather. For women, they are particularly exacerbated during pregnancy.
These symptoms tend to be relieved by sitting or lying with your legs raised above your heart, and also by wearing compression stockings – although stockings are not a long-term solution. You will need treatment.