According to a French phlebology society, in France, 20 to 35% of the population is affected by varicose veins. This abnormal dilation of a vein usually affects tall people. Marks are more pronounced in women.
Varicose veins usually appear in the lower limbs. Most often in the legs. Occasionally, it heals itself. Nevertheless, be careful without treatment in time, it can be serious. Hence the importance of identifying the symptoms.
1. Heavy legs
Doctor Ariel Toledano, vascular doctor, phlebologist and angiologist in Paris explains:
“A varicose vein is a dilated vein of the superficial network in which the blood circulates against the current. »
This is the reason why blood does not circulate normally. The blood coming from the leg where the varicose vein is located has difficulty in going up to the heart.
This poor circulation makes oxygen does not reach or not enough to the lower limbs. The lack of oxygen leads to a feeling of heaviness in the leg in question. This symptom may also be followed by itching.
If you have varicose veins and edema or swelling begins to appear in the ankles, feet and legs, you should seek medical attention. These swellings usually appear after a long period of standing or sitting.
Edema occurs because blood and water do not circulate as they should in the body. For lack of circulation, they end up accumulating at the level of the ankles. This is what causes the swelling.
3. Spider veins
This is the visible shape of varicose veins. These are small, bright red or bluish blood vessels that appear in the legs. Generally in the crease of the knees, and/or on the thighs.
Note that this is the best known symptom of varicose veins. These veins appear that way because they are swollen. The veins swell because the blood does not circulate. If applicable, don’t wait, get treatment.
4. Night cramps
Varicose veins are serious when cramps appear during the night. Muscle twitches come on suddenly and repeat at bedtime. This is a sign that you are at a stage of serious venous insufficiency.
These cramps are due to an accumulation of waste at the level of the feet. Water and blood trapped at the ankles bring waste. As they do not circulate, the waste stagnates at the level of the feet. This is what causes the cramps.
If it ever suddenly happens to you during the night, you should try to do massage and walk with the heel of the foot. It is also highly recommended to drink plenty of water.
5. Leg pain
This is a sign that often appears with heavy leg feeling. It can occur after a long period of immobility and is located at the level of the folds of the knee. In principle, it appears following a bending, it is as if the bones were “in lack of oil”.
If you face this kind of problem, you don’t have to force. Sit back down and move your legs slowly until it doesn’t hurt anymore.
How to naturally treat varicose veins?
There are several natural, at least risk-free, treatments that can help you get rid of your varicose veins. Here are some examples.
Hydrotherapy or water therapy is a fairly simple process. To practice it, start by putting your foot (up to the part where there are varicose veins) in hot water for 3 minutes. Then put the same foot in cold water for the same duration. To finish, put your foot in hot water.
Apply natural creams
There are several creams that you will find in pharmacies adapted for varicose veins. For example Calendula cream, Polyvarom cream composed of essential oils, and witch hazel cream. If you have allergies, ask your doctor to find out which cream is compatible with your skin.
Take dietary supplements
To relieve the symptoms of varicose veins, you can in particular take butcher’s broomwitch hazel, horse chestnut, cypress nuts and red vines.
Since varicose veins are due to a contraction of the veins, taking a walk that is not too strenuous can help you relax them. Be careful, when you take long walks and at an irregular pace, you will get the opposite effect.