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Varicose veins

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are usually blue or dark purple. They may also be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance.
Symptoms of varicose veins
Varicose veins are dark purple or blue in colour, and are usually twisted and bulging in appearance. Some people with varicose veins may experience pain.
Causes of varicose veins
It is thought that varicose veins are usually caused by weak vein walls and valves.
Diagnosing varicose veins
If you have varicose veins and they do not cause you any discomfort, you may not need to visit your GP. Varicose veins are rarely a serious condition.
Treating varicose veins
Varicose veins do not always need treatment. If your varicose veins are not causing you discomfort, you may not need to have treatment.
Complications of varicose veins
Varicose veins can cause complications because they stop your blood from flowing properly. Most people who have varicose veins will not develop any complications.
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Marilyn Adams, 62, a receptionist, had her varicose veins ligated and stripped.“I first noticed my varicose veins after my son was born in 1978. They
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