Varicose veins are generally benign. The cause of this condition is not known.
For many people, there are no symptoms and varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. In some cases, they cause aching pain and discomfort or signal an underlying circulatory problem.
Treatment involves compression stockings, exercise, or procedures to close or remove the veins.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 3 million cases per year in US
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
Lab tests or imaging not required
More common in females
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Certain types can be dangerous or life threatening
Common for ages 20-60
Family history may increase likelihood
Diagnosis is based on the physical examination and other tests.