What is Venous Reflux?
When the walls of a vein become less elastic, the overall function of the vein declines. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in the vein rather than being sent back to the heart.
Eventually, the excess blood and pressure will cause the vein to bulge. This process also causes varicose veins. Over time, these conditions can cause ulcers and staining of the skin.
What causes Venous Reflux?
The same factors that lead to venous reflux also cause and worsen varicose veins. Some risk factors include age, being female, pregnancy, family history, and obesity. Genes have a strong impact on the resilience of vein walls. If one or both parents have varicose veins, you have a higher likelihood of developing them as well.
At first or for a while, varicose veins might not cause any discomfort. Over years, however, the ineffective veins can lead to skin staining, venous ulcers, and itchy or scaly skin.
If you begin to experience itchy skin or swelling, call the Centers for Advanced Vein Treatment to get an evaluation. You may be able to prevent the condition from getting worse.