Varicose veins are defined as distended veins, often bent and twisted in the subcutaneous tissues. Another term used is varices, which generally refers to varicose veins on the legs, even though they can occur elsewhere. This entry presents snapshot of the varicose veins on the legs, their problems and management.
Varicose veins are medically perceived unimportant and they rarely need treatment. It may be because they affect almost one third of adults and only few cases can cause serious harm. However, they can cause cosmetic problems and lead to reduced self confidence, as legs can influence someone’s sex appeal. The risk of varices increases with age and during pregnancy. Some articles stated that family histories may play a role in varicose veins.
Some people could confuse varises with telangiectases, small dark blue veins that often seen as broken veins or small spider. These are cosmetic importance only, and are not the same as varicose veins, although they can occur at the same time.