Varicose veins affect 1 out of 2 people age 50 and older.
VARICOSE VEINS are abnormal enlarged or swollen veins that can be flesh colored, but are usually dark purple or blue in color. The veins often have the appearance of cords that are twisted or bulging. For darker skinned people, the color difference from the rest of the skin is not as noticeable. However, for fair-skinned individuals the color of the veins in combination with the swelling above the skin surface makes the skin look very displeasing. The legs are the areas of the body usually affected by varicose veins. In particular, they are found on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the legs.
In addition to the visual symptoms mentioned above, there are several other symptoms that may accompany spider and varicose veins, such as:
- swollen legs, especially around the ankles
- general soreness or leg cramping including night cramps
- legs that feel tired, heavy, and restless
- legs that have a burning, tingling or throbbing sensation
- itching and rash around the problem veins