varicose veins in the arms

Due to the fact that varicose veins often affect the lower extremities, not many people know whether there are varicose veins on the hands. In fact, the defeat of the veins by this pathology can have different localization, including the hands, although in this case the disease only very rarely takes on severe stages. Therefore, some experts regard varicose veins in the hands not as a disease, but as a cosmetic defect. In any case, this problem must be dealt with, because. as it progresses, it can lead to more serious health consequences.

Causes of varicose veins on the hands

The main factors that can lead to the development of pathology are:

  • excessive physical exertion on the muscles of the shoulder girdle (lifting and carrying weights, power sports, etc.);
  • hormonal disruptions (including menopause, pregnancy, taking hormonal contraceptives);
  • congenital underdevelopment of vascular valves.

Symptoms of varicose veins on the hands

The initial symptoms of varicose veins in the upper extremities are:

  • enlarged, swollen veins (especially on the hands, forearms), clearly visualized and palpable through the skin;
  • the formation of tortuosity of the veins, nodules on the veins;
  • rapid fatigue of the hands;
  • discomfort in the hands, burning sensation and fullness;
  • pain that occurs during physical exertion on the hands.

In the future, the clinical picture may be aggravated by the appearance of such symptoms:

  • gradual increase in discomfort and pain in the hands;
  • intermittent numbness of the hands;
  • swelling of the hands;
  • dry skin on the hands;
  • the appearance of erosions, sores on the skin.

Treatment of varicose veins in the arms

As a rule, the treatment of varicose veins on the hands is limited to conservative methods, including:

  • wearing compression sleeves, gloves, bandaging hands with elastic bandages;
  • dieting;
  • physical exercises;
  • taking drugs that increase vascular tone, improve blood circulation and lymph flow, reduce swelling, etc.

In more severe cases, laser treatment, sclerotherapy, minimally invasive surgical procedures may be recommended.

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