Check your legs. If you see bluish or purplish veins protruding down your legs, it’s possible that you have varicose veins which is more prevalent among older individuals than teenagers or young adults.
Varicose veins are those swollen and enlarged veins which are usually blue or dark purple in color; are lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance and often times occur in the legs.
Other than its appearance, varicose veins’ tell-tale signs usually include muscle cramps, aching and discomfort in the legs, and at its worse, swollen feet and ankles.
The female gender are more susceptible to varicose veins, especially during pre-menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
If not treated immediately, varicose veins can cause complications because they hinder our blood from flowing properly.
In case of cuts and bumps on the veins:
Injuries like cuts or bumps on the surface of our skin with protruding varicose veins may cause continuous bleeding which may be difficult to stop. On instances as such, it is important to lie down, raise the leg and have someone apply direct pressure to the wound. If bleeding persists, seek doctor’s attention immediately.
Home remedies for varicose veins to bring relief from pain and ensure the much-needed strength for your daily routine:
** Elevate and support your legs on a pillow above hip level. Make sure to rest your legs often; more so if you are quite on the obese side. Wear supportive stockings as they stop the blood from gathering and clotting in small blood vessels. These help push the blood towards larger veins, which easily pumps the blood to the heart.
* Vinegar – Apply apple cider vinegar on the affected area to help ease up pain and control inflammation.
* Water and epsom salt – Alternate 2-minute hot and ice-cold baths for ten minutes; add around 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts (per quart of water) to the bath water – they boost blood circulation and help strengthen the veins.
* Aloe vera – can be applied on affected areas to relive itching.
* Marigold extract – applied eternally over the affected area is one good treatment for inflamed and ulcerated skin.
* Chlorophyll is rich in vitamin K; an anti-hemorrhagic. It rejuvenates the weakened vascular system and helps boost blood circulation which in turn revives the veins. Poor circulation in the blood prevents oxygen and minerals from nourishing the veins.
* Cod liver oil and honey – prepare a blend of half cod liver oil and half raw honey, spread on affected area and bandage well. Leave on overnight.
* Fresh Raw Vegetable Juices – Consume fresh and raw, e.g., combination of carrot and spinach.
* Nutrients – Include Vitamin E and C to your diet as relief for pain and leg cramps. You can also apply Vitamin E oil to the affected areas of your skin.
(Share some more home remedies that you have already tried.)