What Is Varicose Veins

What is Varicose veins?

Question:

I am a dancer in my 20s and for more than a year have suffered from terrible itching of my lower legs. I have tried not shaving, not wearing anything synthetic, not using perfumed soap or creams (using instead E45, Eucerin, calamine lotion and olive oil), avoiding heaters - everything imaginable. The itching is more along the shins and sides. I massage with grapefruit and fennel aromatherapy oils every evening and raise the legs for 20 minutes. Could the problem be hormonal (I don't take the pill) or dietary-related? The itching is unbearable, and once I start scratching I can't stop, even if the skin starts  to bleed.

Answer:

To determine the exact nature of your skin condition, wish I could see the affected area of your legs which leads to this unbearable itching. A common cause is varicose veins, which are usually located in the shins and inner sides of the calves, as you  describe. They itch because their walls are overstretched and the nerves pick up the irritation. When people stand up, the veins swell and cause more irritation to the nerve endings. However, I am doubt full whether this is your problem since you are a dancer and use your legs a lot (Other readers who have varicose veins can visit my website -you'll find advice for treatment under Topics.)

Massage is helpful, as are the grapefruit and fennel oils you use. The key is to massage the legs downwards from the groin area and along the areas of the itch, squeezing the calves then letting go. This releases the tension there and allows the deep vein to function better. In turn, it reduces the stress on superficial veins so drat the irritation stops.

Doctors of traditional medicine know that excess stomach acid makes the skin sensitive (and sometimes the joints more achy)" I have observed this condition for more than two decades. People who eat a lot of oranges and citrus fruits, as well as sour foods such as vinegar, pickles, olives, pineapples and mangoes, frequently suffer from sensitive skin. They suffer itching in different parts of the body and, in some extreme cases get rashes. My hunch is that your itching is more likely to be diet-related than hormonal.

Sometimes the fungal infection candida can cause itching. If the candida penetrates the gut lining it enters the blood vessels - these toxins are too large to be eliminated through the kidneys, so they are dumped in the skin and sinuses.(That's why noninfectious chronic sinus problems respond if the gut is treated). Toxins in the skin can cause irritation and itchiness.

Such a chronic problem often disturbs the mind. We have pains and other discomforts all the time. But if you get stressed and hypersensitive, these symptoms can seem more significant and bother you so badly that, as in your case, you scratch until your skin bleeds. My suggestion is to scratch  the skin gently instead: it will give the same effect .What you are trying to achieve with scratching is to improve the blood flow so that the whatever irritates the nerve endings gets recycled. The sweat or sebaceous glands in the skin can then eliminate the toxins better.

My suggestions are as follows

Diet

* Drink freshly made carrot juice (organic if possible) every other day.

* Avoid citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons) and pineapples, kiwi, tomatoes,  mangoes, pickles, vinegar, wine and champagne.

* Avoid yeast products and sugar, or sugary foods, which all feed candida.

* Avoid cheese and mushrooms because they are fungal and may exacerbate the problem.

* Avoid curries, spicy food, deep-fried foods, which produce stomach acid as do nuts, coffee and excess salt.

Supplements

* Kadu : soak three twigs in a cup of hot water overnight, strain and drink every morning for one month to cleanse the gut.

* Aloe vera : take one twice daily with breakfast and supper for two months, to help heal the skin.

* Propolis cream: apply on the affected area at bedtime.

Therapies

*Homoeopathy: consult a homoeopath, or try Arcen Alb 30, or Apis 30: take two three time daily for five days.

* Acupuncture often helps with chronic itching.

Wellbeing

In my book The Integrated Health Bible , and on my new DVD, Lifestyle, I take you through a complete programme of health management.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are varicose veins and how do people get them?

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  2. QUESTION:
    what is the best cure for varicose veins?
    I've been having this insecurity due to my varicose veins that I couldn't even wear shorts or skirts. So I want to know what is there that can help me get rid of my varicose veins.

    • ANSWER:
      I found this on the 'net...hope it helps.

      Surgery is used to remove varicose veins from the body. It is recommended for varicose veins that are causing pain or are very unsightly, and when hemorrhaging or recurrent thrombosis appear. Surgery involves making an incision through the skin at both ends of the section of vein being removed. A flexible wire is inserted through one end and extended to the other. The wire is then withdrawn, pulling the vein out with it. This is called "stripping" and is the most common method to remove superficial varicose veins. As long as the deeper veins are still functioning properly, a person can live without some of the superficial veins. Because of this, stripped varicose veins are not replaced.

      Injection therapy is an alternate therapy used to seal varicose veins. This prevents blood from entering the sealed sections of the vein. The veins remain in the body, but no longer carry blood. This procedure can be performed on an out-patient basis and does not require anesthesia. It is frequently used if people develop more varicose veins after surgery to remove the larger varicose veins and to seal spider-burst veins for people concerned about cosmetic appearance. Injection therapy is also called sclerotherapy. At one time, a method of injection therapy was used that did not have a good success rate. Veins did not seal properly and blood clots formed. Modern injection therapy is improved and has a much higher success rate.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of varicose veins?
    I'm moderately young- 20, and I realized I have what looks like is varicose veins on my right leg. How do I get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      to prevent them, you must have proper circulation going through your legs which means you should elevate them often (you get those veins form standing a lot), but to get rid of them, the only way thats known is probably cosmetic surgery

  4. QUESTION:
    What causes and how can you prevent varicose veins?
    Is it from standing on a hard floor all day? I have been a part time cashier for over 6 years now, and I'm afraid I will develop varicose veins. Is there a way I can prevent them? I only work 16-22 hours a week, but sometimes am on my feet 8 or more hours a day. Any helpful thoughts would be welcome. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm 44 and worked retail my whole life and they are coming to haunt me now! You don't see them when you're young, they come later. They are hereditary, so check with your mom to see if she has them. But, you can help keep they at bay by wearing support hose, I know they aren't attractive and cool while you're young, but you'll thank yourself later! Wear good shoes. Rest your legs as much as you can, on breaks, etc.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to lose weight and varicose veins?
    I'm only 15, 5' 3" I'm about 180 and I already have varicose veins on my thighs, sides of my stomach, and arms. I really don't know what to do. I mean, I'm 15, I shouldn't be OLD enough to have varicose veins. More than once I've been embarrased because for whatever reason one of my friends sees them on my arm and is like, What's that? I want to lose weight, and want to know if there's any way to get rid of, or at least stop getting more varicose veins other than laser surgery which I'm unable to get for obvious reaons. Thnx for anyone who answers
    Side question, id it normal for a 15 year old to be getting varicose veins, and so many?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a BMI of 32 and over 30 is obese. This is bad for your cardiovascular system but don't worry, obese people do not live that long. See site below for best way to lose weight.