A venous disease that is commonly caused by phlebitis (inflammation of the veins), thrombophlebitis (blood clots), or any obstructions to blood flow, and congenital abnormalities of the veins.
Varicose veins appear as twisted, bulged, large, palpable, dark blue veins primarily found in the legs and thighs. Varicose veins can lead to aching or even ulceration of the legs. This condition can be caused be weakened valves in the veins or weakened walls of the veins, or by inflammation in the veins.
- Trunk varicose veins are thick, palpable, and bumpy veins near to the surface of the skin. They are usually visible, often quite long and can look unpleasant.
- Spider veins aka telangiectasia varicose veins or thread veins, are small clusters of blue or red veins that sometimes appear on your face or legs. They are harmless and, unlike trunk varicose veins, do not bulge underneath the surface of the skin. They are sometimes termed as reticular varicose veins for they are closely grouped and form a network.
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