Most people expect varicose veins to appear on the lower legs. But it is surprising to know that this problem can surface just anywhere on the body. Varicose veins are the problematic veins that have begun to swell and stretch. When the varicose veins happen on legs, the only benefit is they are not visible when you wear pants or tights.
The varicose veins are either blue, purple or skin-colored and are sometimes easily visible as dilated, twisting and protruding vessels rising on the surface of the skin. The veins carry blood back to the heart from other parts of the body. The blood accumulates and increases the pressure in the veins further weakening the blood vessels.
The lesser-known places where varicose veins may appear in other places on the body are:
1. Hands and arms
The appearance of varicose veins on the arms are not common but can still happen. It usually develops with age when a person begins to lose body fat. These veins are usually not that harmful but are a mainly cosmetic problem. The reason is that the damage veins begin to swell and leak blood. Even people who perform too much exercising such as weight lifting can get varicose veins in hand and arms.
Varicose veins may appear in both male and female genitals. During pregnancy, women are naturally more prone to varicose veins. sometimes these veins appear on the genitals because the increasing weight of a baby puts pressure on the veins in the pelvis and during pregnancy the volume of blood in your body increases, which further increases the pressure in the veins. In addition, the level of progesterone increases during pregnancy which causes blood vessels to relax. It makes it easier for the veins to stretch and swell. (Also Read: What Happens If Varicose Veins Are Not Treated? )
The anus and surrounding area with varicose veins usually do not come into notice. Varicose veins develop along the interior and exterior of the anus. These are known as hemorrhoids. A lot of people treat this using home remedies or less invasive procedures.
The varicose veins on male genitals are also surprisingly common. These are called varicoceles and appear in the scrotum. Some males have a varicocele, usually developing between the ages of 15 and 25. They are usually not serious but a survey says that having a varicocele can, in some cases, decrease sperm count and quality, occasionally resulting in infertility. Getting the best treatment for varicocele is the solution.
3. Eyes and forehead
There are veins around the eyes and forehead. In some people, it is clearly visible as the veins protrude while in some it is hidden under the skin. It can be quite disfiguring and lead to embarrassment. The treatment depends on the person’s skin type, the size of the veins and the way it spreads.
4. Red veins on the face
These are not technically varicose veins but are known as thread veins. The red veins on the face can be treatable with electrolysis or laser treatment. It depends on the severity, distribution of the veins and size of the veins. Washing your face too aggressively, excessive sun exposure and excessive alcohol are the reasons to develop veins on the face. Though it is not a medical problem, a lot of people chose to get rid of it for cosmetic regions.
Many of these occurrences of varicose veins can be treated or prevented by a range of self-help techniques.
- Firstly, ensure you get plenty of exercises to boost circulation. Include running, cycling or swimming, or even something gentler such as walking or yoga in your daily routine. If you tend to sit on a desk or stand up all day, try to keep blood flowing through your legs by doing simple exercises: bending and stretching the knees or flexing the ankles can help improve circulation.
- In the case of hemorrhoids, try to relieve constipation by drinking plenty of water and eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and high fiber foods.
- Elevating the defect area, if possible, can also help. For example, if your varicose veins affect your genitals or rectum, elevating your hips slightly while lying down (on a few pillows, for example) to allow blood to flow back to the heart.