Varicose veins are most commonly found on the legs but can appear anywhere. Many people who choose to treat this condition undergo painful procedures that are meant to destroy the offending vein. What they don’t know is how simple at-home varicose vein remedies can stave off the development of future gnarled veins and even reduce the appearance of current ones.

What The Heck Are Varicose Veins?

Like I said, varicose veins can occur anywhere but typically form in the legs. As blood travels through the body towards your feet, your system of valves and veins is there to ensure it moves and circulates back towards the heart. When a defect occurs in a valve or vein, such as vein walls becoming week, the blood becomes deoxygenated and accumulates in that area. The accumulated blood is what forms the tell-tale blue vein.

Don’t be fooled though; not all varicose veins become visual. Swelling, heaviness in the legs or a dull, continuous pain in the affected area are all signs. In some cases, pain can become overwhelming because the swollen vein is pushing itself against nerve endings in that region.

There is more than one reason for the development of varicose veins, but it varies from person to person. An injury, pressure during pregnancy, obesity, heredity and hormones can all be players in varicose development. It is not surprising then, that women are twice as likely to develop this deformity versus their male counterparts. Figures.