There is a common misconception people have is that varicose veins happens only in the legs. While the most common place to have varicose veins is the legs, there are still other parts of the body where the varicose veins can occur. Some of the places where they can appear are abdomen, pelvic, uterus and vulvar. While it is very rare, varicose veins often happens on the face as well.
- Varicose Veins in legs – Varicose veins is the appearance of the swollen veins that starts appearing on the surface of the skin and can occur in various colour such as deep blue or purple. They usually appear when the veins are unsightly and have started to malfunction because of some changes in the body. The main reason behind getting varicose veins in legs is that people stand and walk in an upright position. This can put pressure on the veins in the lower body.
- Abdominal Varicose Veins – Abdominal veins is similar to the varicose veins in the legs, the only difference being that it is located in the abdominal region. The appearance is also the same so you should be able to tell if you have varicose vein in the abdominal region.
- Pelvic Varicose Veins – Pelvic varicose veins usually appears in women during pregnancy. Due to the increase in the level of hormones and blood passing through the veins, it can create a swelling. This results in pelvic veins. While small pelvic veins can be treated with creams and lotions, others more prominent ones need some type of treatment such as surgery or laser.
- Vulvar Varicose Veins – The cause of these veins is similar to that of the pelvic veins and happens due to the high levels of hormones and enlarging uterus putting more pressure on the vulvar area. While tight elastic knickers, lycra bike pants or thick underwear can give relief, most of the time it needs serious medical attention.
If you think you have any of these, it is best to talk to a doctor immediately and get treatment for it before it gets worse or cause any serious ailment. Make sure you do not take any medication or apply anything on it till you speak to a specialist. You do not have to feel ashamed and live with it since the doctor can help you get rid of it permanently before it causes any further complications, no matter how worse they are.