Varicose veins appear swollen and twisted and often push up under your skin. About 15% of adults suffer from varicose veins and they affect more women than men. Some varicose veins are simply a cosmetic problem, while others cause pain and complications. Varicose veins are not an indication that you have problems with your circulation.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins develop slowly and often take years to become a problem. People develop varicose veins due to:
- Genetics – Most varicose veins result from a genetic tendency for weak vein walls.
- Injury – Some varicose veins result from a previous injury to the affected area.
- Blood clots – Some varicose veins develop in people who have problems with blood clots in their veins.