Varicose veins affect half of the people older than 50 and can start earlier, for example, following pregnancy in women.
People might notice darkened leg veins first as a cosmetic nuisance, a reason not to wear shorts. But for some people, varicose veins and related conditions can lead to significant leg pain, swelling and difficulty sleeping, along with more serious complications such as wounds, ulcers and dangerous blood clots.
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