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How do I prevent varicose veins from spreading?

This question was asked in Guernsey, Iowa and has 4 answer(s) as of 12/27/2012.
I am 18 years old and am an overweight female. I recently found a bluish spot on the back of my thigh. I pressed it and the pain was negligible. I also have stretch marks are the around. Is there a possibility of varicose veins or could this just be any type of blood clot? If this is varicose veins, how do I prevent them from spreading?

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The best way to prevent varicose veins from spreading is to make sure you do not have venous valve reflux of the greater saphenous vein. If you do then the vein should be closed with endo venous laser to prevent venous hypertension. This could be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. You can find out if you have endovenous reflux of the vein valve with a Doppler Exam (Duplex Scan ) in a good vascular lab.

It is possible that the bluish spot is a vein. If it bulges slightly and is soft, it may be a varicose vein, or a smaller version called a dilated reticular vein. Occasionally the stagnant blood in these dilated veins can clot, in which case the bluish sport would be firm. The stretch marks are not directly related to the vein issue, except in that obesity is a risk factor for developing vein problems. Varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins can be prevented from spreading by wearing compression stockings at least 20-30 mmHg in strength. A thorough evaluation by a vein specialist will help eliminate these veins, as well as ensure the circulation in your legs is in proper working order.

Varicose veins typically start at a much later age than 18 often after pregnancies and really are not directly related to being over-weight but are related to being inactive.

If it's a blood clot, you should feel a lump, otherwise, it may just be a small superficial vein. Weight gain is strongly associated with the development of varicose veins, so: weight control, exercise, and wearing compression,are important measures to prevent the development of varicosities.

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