More than half of the adult population ultimately develops a weakness in the circulatory system, which leads to varicose and spider veins. So… next question – what to do about it?
No one knows the exact reason why the valves that push the blood through the veins break down, but genetics plays the strongest role. Hormones also are thought to be involved. Varicosity often appears during pregnancy and menopause, and women taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy are more prone to it. Varicosity develops in twice as many women as men.
In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause leg fatigue, swelling, aching and sometimes throbbing. People should consult with a physician if they experience discomfort. Lack of treatment can result in constantly swollen legs, an itchy rash and, because circulation becomes compromised, ulcers on the inner side of the ankle, especially in older adults.