Ginger Mentz, MD, FAAD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Colorado Springs Dermatology
170 ParkSide Drive - SEE
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-471-1763 - Call
Dr. Mentz for an Appointment
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that
are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can
be dark purple or blue, and look twisted and bulging. Varicose
veins are commonly found on the backs of the calves or on the
inside of the leg. They develop when valves in the veins that
allow blood to flow toward the heart stop working properly. As
a result, blood pools in the veins and causes them to get
Varicose veins affect 1 out of 2 people over age 50. They
are more common in women than men.
Hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein. Spider
veins are like varicose veins, but they are smaller.
Exercising, losing weight, elevating your legs when resting
and not crossing them when sitting can help keep varicose veins
from getting worse. Wearing loose clothing and avoiding long
periods of standing can also help. If varicose veins are
painful or you don't like the way they look, your doctor may
recommend procedures to remove them.