Navigation:  Home  >
Conditions > Varicose Veins  
> You Are Here



Why Can I See My Veins?
Related Links
Varicose Veins -Causes and Cures

Swollen Ankles -Causes and Cures

Blood Pressure -What It Means

Leg Swelling -Causes and Cures

Bad Circulation -Top 10 Natural Remedies

Why Do My Legs Ache?-Causes and Cures

Nodules in Your Vaginal Area -Causes and Remedies

How Much Is Too Much Salt?
My Heart Attack-personal stories


September 22, 2015
By Joseph Strongoli, Featured Columnist




Worried about those unsightly visible veins? It’s first important to
establish that everybody has some veins that are visible to some
extent – think the veins in your hands, or your neck when you talk.
But some veins show up where they aren’t supposed to, or are more
visible than what is normal. And these bulging veins aren’t just a
cosmetic issue; if your veins are highly visible, then it could be
because of a number of underlying medical conditions.



What Causes My Veins to Show?



There are a number of distinct conditions that could be behind your
showy veins. Some of these conditions are perfectly natural and are
to be expected. Fair skin, for one, is a genetic trait and can cause
veins to show more prominently.

Aging causes veins to show, in two phases. First, we shed the thick
layer of baby fat under the skin, which causes veins in the hands and
arms to show when we reach adulthood.

And the older we get, the thinner and more papery our skin
becomes, becoming translucent and allowing us to see our veins
more prominently.

Aging also causes veins to weaken and lose elasticity. Veins then
become unable to effectively pump blood back toward the heart. As
blood pools in the veins, they become enlarged and bulge. The veins
appear blue because they contain de-oxygenated blood that is
traveling to receive more oxygen from the lungs.



Pregnancy also can cause bulging veins in some women. Carrying a
child increases the volume of blood in the body, in order to support
the growing fetus, but decreases the flow of blood from the legs to
the pelvis. This decreased blood flow can cause bulging veins in the
legs. This bulging can get even worse in the latter stages of
pregnancy, when the uterus exerts an even greater pressure on the
veins in the legs. Changes in hormones may also play a role.

Is Phlebitis the Cause of Your Visible Vein?





























Other causes of visible veins include
thrombophlebitis, which is a
swelling of the veins caused by blockage due to blood clotting. When
a vein close to the surface of the skin is affected by thrombophlebitis,
a hard red, and tender cord will appear just under the surface of the
skin.

When a deep vein in the leg is affected, your leg can become swollen,
tender, and painful.

See a doctor right away if you have these symptoms, as they can
cause skin ulcers, and worse, you could be at increased risk of a
dislodged blood clot travelling to your heart, brains, or lungs.



However, far and away the most prevalent cause of visible veins is
varicose veins. According to a 2015 report at the University of
Maryland,  up to 60% of people in the U.S. are affected by varicose
veins.



What Are Varicose Veins?



Veins move blood from your body to your heart. They have valves
that act as one-way gates to prevent blood from flowing back
upstream. For a variety of reasons, such as genetics, aging, or other
conditions, these valves can become weak and fail to function
properly. The blood then pools in your veins, causing them to swell
and become mangled and entangled.

While any vein can become varicose, they typically occur in the legs
and feet, because standing and walking increases the pressure in the
lower extremities. They are extremely noticeable in appearance: they
appear as bulging, bluish cords underneath the surface of the skin.

And they aren’t just a cosmetic concern: symptoms can include
aching, tender, heavy, or sore legs, a burning feeling in the lower
legs, swelling in the ankles or feet, breaks in the skin, itching around
the vein, and skin ulcers around the ankles.



If you suffer from problematic veins, consider these top 7 remedies
to ease your pain:



1.     
Rutin



Rutin is a bioflavonoid that shores up the walls of veins, helping them
to function better. A 2001 study at the Thorne Research company in
Portland, Oregon found that rutin relieves swelling, aching, and pain
from varicose veins by  improving microcirculation, capillary flow,
vascular tone and strengthening the connective tissue of the vein
walls. Rutin is found in asparagus, oranges, grapefruits, lemons,
limes, peaches, cranberries and green tea.



2.     
Oligomeric Proanthocyandin complexes (OPCs)



Like rutin, OPCs are also bioflavonoids, found mainly in grape seed,
cranberries, blueberries hawthorn, and pine bark.  A 2015 study at
the University of Maryland found that OPCs may reduce leakage in
veins and swelling in the legs, making them an effective treatment for
varicose veins.



3.     
Horse Chestnut Extract



Horse Chestnut extract comes from the horse chestnut tree.  A 2012
study at the University of Exeter in the UK found that it reduces fluid
leaks to surrounding tissue by reducing both the number and size of
membrane pores in the veins. Horse chestnut extract has thus been
used for its venotonic effect, vascular protection, anti-inflammatory
and free radical scavenging properties.



4.     
Pycnogenol



Pycnogenol is a pine bark extract. A 2014 study at the University of
Chieti-Pescara found that it helps to relieve symptoms of chronic
venous insufficiency, a condition often associated with varicose veins,
such as leg pain and heaviness. In some cases the study found that
pycnogenol worked better than horse chestnut. It also stimulates the
immune system.



5.     
Gotu Kola



Centella asiatica, commonly known as "gotu kola", is a small
herbaceous perennial plant. A 2010 study at the Maliba Pharmacy
College in India found that extract of this plant relieves symptoms of
chronic venous insufficiency such as swelling and leakage.



6.     
Butcher’s Broom



Ruscus aculeatus, known as butcher’s broom, is a low evergreen
shrub.  The 2001 study at Thorne Research from above found that
reduced swelling compared to placebo in patients with varicose veins
and chronic venous insufficiency.



7.     Pulsatilla



Pulsatilla is a kind of herbaceous perennial plant. While the raw plant
itself is highly toxic, extracts have long been used in traditional
medicine for a variety of conditions. A 2012 report at the University
of Michigan found that pulsatilla helps relieve symptoms of swollen,
aching veins that feel heavy and warm at night, especially for those
developed as a result of pregnancy.






Related:

Swollen Ankles-Causes and Cures

Leg Swelling -Top 10 Remedies

Vulva Nodules Treated with Varicose Herbs

How Much Is Too Much Salt  / My Aching Bones  / A Simple Diet to
Lose 10 Pounds  / Exercises That Speed Up Metabolism  / More from
this Author



Register Now-- its's free fast and easy. Members get first look at all
articles.


DIETS AND FITNESS

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH
SALT

HOW MUCH SALT IS IN MY
FOOD

SALT CONTENT OF COMMON
FOODS

150,000 DIE FROM EXCESS
SALT

I HAVE HIGH BLOOD
PRESSURE!

FOODS THAT LOWER YOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE

QUINOA-THE NEW
SUPERFOOD

INFLAMMATION INSIDE
THE BODY

FAT--IT'S ALIVE!

WHY WE GO SOFT IN THE
MIDDLE

WHY EUROPEANS ARE
THINNER

>VEGETARIAN RECIPES


MY HEART ATTACK

CANCER SURVIVORS


MONEY AND BUDGET

RESOURCES

AMERICAN HEART
ASSOCIATION

LINKS AND RESOURCES


About Us

Register

Privacy Policy

Editorial Policy

Contact Us

Disclaimer : All information on www.collectivewizdom.com is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. For
specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, please consult your doctor.  

(c) copyright collectivewizdom.com 2007 -2015 and all prior years. All rights reserved.
Collectivewizdom,LLC is located at 340 S Lemon Ave #2707 Walnut, CA 91789
Subscribe in a reader
Google
Asparagus contains rutin which can reduce
visible veins
.
COLLECTIVE
WIZDOM.COM

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Life