Varicose veins are enlarged and swollen veins, usually dark purple or blue in color, which occur usually in the legs. They may be also twisted, bulging or lumpy in appearance. This disease can give an indication towards a higher risk for circulatory problems.
Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting up to three in ten adults. Women are more likely to develop the condition than men. Varicose veins are gnarled veins. Any vein in the body may become varicose, but the condition develops commonly in the feet and legs, especially in the calves. That is because standing upright and walking increases the pressure in the veins of the lower body parts. Varicose veins can lead sometimes to serious problems.
Varicose veins affect roughly 15% of the population and women aged 30 and above are especially affected. Patients usually notice their legs swelling in the evenings and sensations of tiredness, heaviness, or tension in their legs. Walking and lying down alleviate symptoms, whereas standing and sitting aggravate them.
Superficial varicose veins can be treated with compression stockings or by a low-risk surgery. If varicose veins remain untreated over a long period of time, it can result in chronic venous insufficiency, whereby the valves in the deep veins fail to close properly. Chronic venous insufficiency causes permanent swelling (edema), a hyperpigmented and itchy rash, a blue-ish coloration of the skin, and in the worst case, injuries that fail to heal (leg ulcers). It’s important to seek out treatment for these problems early and consider some small procedures.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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