Although the precise cause of varicose veins is still unknown, the problem is usually blamed to the weakness of superficial veins.

The weakness may be hereditary, but may also appear overtime due to prolonged standing, causing the legs to feel tired and, most of the time, painful.

People who have varicose veins are usually those whose work involves standing for long hours, very much like nurses. Of course, you can prevent varicose veins from appearing, or if you already have them, you can stop them from worsening.

Fast Facts About Varicose Veins

  • Varicose veins are big, blue, swollen and twisted veins underneath the skin.
  • Visible varicose veins are 10 to 15% more prevalent in women than in men, largely because of pregnancy and female hormones, both of which can weaken veins.
  • Even if the blue twisted veins cannot be seen, varicose veins may still be present if there is skin darkening or blackening or if there are appearances of wounds on the legs which do not heal.
  • Hemorrhoids are a kind of varicose veins.
  • Varicose veins don’t always hurt, but many people experience aching, swelling, cramping and itching around the raised veins.
  • Any vein can become a varicose vein.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins – 8 Tips for Nurses

how to prevent varicose veins

1. Take breaks. Varicose veins appear because of prolonged standing and leg fatigue. Make sure to take breaks at work. Sit down whenever you can and rest your legs while you’re at it.

2. Elevate your legs. Do this by lying down or by using a footstool when sitting. This will help relieve fatigue in your lower extremities, and therefore, prevent the veins from losing their elasticity. Elevate your legs at the end of the day everyday and your legs will feel so much better.

3. Avoid wearing tight clothes. Choose clothes that are comfortable enough for you to move around freely even while you work. Clothes that are too tight for your legs like girdles or skinny jeans can block the movement of blood up your legs. This may cause pooling of the blood, and in a short period of time, varicose veins may appear.


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