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Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They develop most often in the legs and ankles.
Some people may be more likely than others to get varicose veins because of several things. These include aging, pregnancy, being overweight, or because a parent has them. Standing or sitting for long periods of time can also increase risk of varicose veins.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If you have a blood clot in a varicose vein, you may have tenderness and swelling over the vein. The vein may feel firm. Be sure to call your doctor or nurse advice line right away if you have these symptoms. If your doctor has told you how to care for the clot, follow the instructions. Care may include the following:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: December 19, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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