What are varicose veins and who is affected by them?

Varicose veins are a common medical problem affecting men and women of all ages. Often developing in the legs and feet, varicose veins are swollen and enlarged and are often bulging in appearance. Whilst some individuals may not experience any pain or discomfort with varicose veins, others may be affected by their long-term consequences such as swelling, phlebitis, venous eczema, itching, pain and even ulceration. However, treatment for varicose veins is available and may help ease symptoms, improve the appearance and prevent skin damage.

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