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The Causes of Varicose Veins

Presentation1Leg vein problems such as varicose veins, venous reflux, leg ulcers, varicose eczema, phlebitis and DVT are very common. Interest in these issues is very high and people often ask what causes varicose veins. Heredity and age are very important risk factors. Aggravating factors such as hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity and certain occupations may also be important. Men and women appear to be almost equally affected. In this video, Ruth Wood interviews vein specialist Dr Haroun Gajraj and asks about the causes and aggravating factors associated with leg vein conditions…. Continue reading »

My Choice for My Own Veins

Yesterday, I had my veins treated. I have had superficial vein reflux in both legs for over 12 years and over the last couple of years, my legs have swelled, ached and throbbed. Last summer in the hot weather, they were particularly painful. So the time had come to get them sorted out. What treatment would I choose and who would treat me?

Haroun with Wendy Parsons

Haroun with Wendy Parsons

In 2002, my colleague Wendy Parsons and I were looking to invest in a new ultrasound machine for the clinic and … Continue reading »

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

A question I get asked a lot is “Are varicose veins dangerous? ”  Well for the majority of people, they are not a major health issue even though superficial vein reflux (which is the cause of varicose veins) does cause ache, swelling, itch, throbbing and other symptoms as well as being a risk factor for DVT, varicose eczema, phlebitis and leg ulcers. Many of the symptoms of varicose veins can be alleviated by wearing medical grade graduated support socks or stockings. Medical compression hosiery will not cure varicose veins, but wearing good quality compression socks will help with the ache, … Continue reading »

Broken Vein on Cheeks, Nose and Face

Last week in my previous blog, I talked about leg spider veins, well, this week, I am going to tell you some important facts about thread veins on the nose, cheeks and face.

The medical term for spider veins on the nose and cheeks is facial telangiectasia.

Facial Thread Veins

Facial Thread Veins

These are small blood vessels in the skin typically measuring less than 1 mm. They are very common and they are unsightly and disfiguring. They can be congenital, that is you may have been born with them or they … Continue reading »