Send Varicose Veins Packing with this Surprising Change

Back in grade school, I am still around eight to ten years old I guess, I have a nanny. She goes to school with me and we are so very close. One day, I notice the large and green linings in her legs. As a child with natural curiosity, I ask her what those are. “Barikos,” she says. Then I'm like, what? “Barikos,” again, she says. What did you say? “Barikos! Stop asking!”. She’s already furious with my endless interrogation, so I stopped before I can ask her more questions. But I wonder: what the hell does ‘barikos’ mean?! Of course, I didn't ask that with ‘hell’. Just ignore that. What do you mean by ‘barikos’? Then later in my life, I found out that it’s not ‘barikos’. It’s varicose. With a ‘V’. And with veins. It is called varicose veins.

According to Wikipedia, varicose veins are “veins that have become enlarged and twisted.” Actually, when I first look at my nanny’s leg with varicose veins, I think it is gross. I'm like, ewww. Anyway, varicose veins are commonly found in legs and feet. “It is caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted.” Other causes of this are weight gain, inactive lifestyle, longer standing, or pregnancy. This can also be hereditary.

Symptoms of this are heaviness, burning sensation and pain in your legs, swelling in your feet and ankles, itching, changes in colour, dry, scaling skin, and inflammation. They say that a varicose vein is not a serious health problem. However, according to the WebMD website, “varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis.” If you notice that you have varicose veins, see your doctor right away.

Now that you know what causes varicose veins, you might need to adjust a little in your lifestyle. More activities, moving or exercises, perhaps? You do not want to spoil the beauty of your feet and legs, right? So? Move!


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