Varicose veins are permanently widened or twisted veins that are visible through the skin. They are typically deep purple, blue or red in colour and develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working effectively.
Veins contain one-way valves stationed every few inches to ensure the bloods journey back to the heart is a smooth one. The valves prevent the blood from travelling backwards but if they become damaged or weakened the blood can flow backwards and collect in the vein, causing it to become swollen or enlarged. Although any vein in the body can become varicose this condition tends to develop on the legs, particularly the back of the calves, due to the strain put on the valves during walking or long periods standing up that make it harder for the blood to circulate away from the pull of gravity.
Although a relatively pain-free condition sufferers can experience heavy, tired and aching muscles that can make physical tasks tiresome. Anyone can be affected but the possibility of developing varicose veins is increased during pregnancy, if you are overweight or with old age.
The main cause for concern for sufferers is the unsightly appearance of varicose veins but there are solutions, both topical and surgical. To minimise the condition at home, products that contain healing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Arnica, Chamomile Extract and Teprenone. One such topical treatment is the Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Nature’s Miracle, a soothing and healing treatment for varicose veins that can help to tackle both minor and severe cases. When applying topical creams or gels, always remember to massage the product into the skin using upward motions to encourage healthy blood flow and ease the pressure felt by tired muscles.