Alternate Names : Venous Varicosities
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Although varicose veins may be partly inherited, making certain lifestyle changes may help prevent this condition. The following activities should be avoided to help prevent this condition:
standing for long periods of time
sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time
Avoidance of obesity and getting regular exercise is also advised to help prevent this condition.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Severe varicose veins can cause eczema, inflammation, or stasis dermatitis, which is skin breakdown in the lower legs.
Inflammation of the deep veins can lead to blood clots. These clots may break off and block the artery that supplies the lungs, known as a pulmonary embolus.
What are the risks to others?
Varicose veins pose no risks to others and are not contagious.