Varicose vein

  • Enlargement of veins in legs
  • Symptoms may include visible, dark blue and bulging veins and swelling of the legs
  • Caused by malfunction of valves in veins or weakening of vein walls resulting in backflow of blood, or may be a result of an increased amount of blood in body due to pregnancy
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but increases with older age
  • May be mild without symptoms or severe and painful
  • Not life threatening

  • Elevate your legs on a pillow
  • Avoid standing for a long time
  • Avoid sitting for a long time
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Avoid tight fitting pants
  • Wear compression stockings all day
  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Apply an ice pack and elevate leg if varicose vein is hit hard
  • Apply pressure and elevate leg if varicose vein is scratched and bleeding

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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