If you suffer from varicose veins, you might think the best solution is to wear pants and avoid swimming pools, but the bumpy and knotted veins in your legs are much more than just a cosmetic concern. In fact, if left untreated, varicose veins can lead to several health concerns that could cause you far more discomfort than avoiding bare legs in the summertime.
Caused by a malfunction in the valves in your veins, varicose veins occur when aging veins lose elasticity and your blood can’t flow as easily against gravity in your legs, which leads it to pool and cause your veins to enlarge. The blue coloring is due to deoxygenated blood.
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