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Health Plus: Varicose Veins

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Varicose veins aren't exactly bulging beauties. Those who suffer from them say they can be both unsightly, and uncomfortable.

Dr. Kamran Karimi, FACS, with Convenant Medical Center works with varicose veins every day.

"Varicose veins are abnormal protrusions of veins under the skin, especially in the legs, and become more prominent with time. They're cosmetically displeasing but for a lot of people, they're actually painful," Dr. Karimi said.

Varicose veins can cause aching and swelling in the legs, and some can lead to fatal blood clots. Exercise, aging or simply standing for long periods of time can cause these abnormal protrusions in the veins.

Dr. Karimi said while varicose veins are more prevalent in older patients, he does see them in young adults as well; even teenagers can develop varicose veins.

Luckily - there are ways to alleviate them.

"Compression therapy. So, compression stockings that you wear first thing in the morning, take them off at night, which externally compresses all those veins."

In addition to compression therapy, Dr. Karimi said varicose veins can actually be removed altogether. After a non-invasive surgery, he said patients can be back on their feet the very next day.

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