When I saw this pic of 30-year-old singer Beyonce walking beside her husband Jay Z in Australia, my eye was immediately drawn to the faint spider vein on the back of her right leg (behind her knee). It appears that Beyonce is in the early stages of developing varicose veins.

Right away, I saw a teaching opportunity to inform my young readers who may not know that varicose veins can affect women as early as age 30.


The following is from The Mayo Clinic website:

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. That's because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.

For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems. Varicose veins may also signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by your doctor to close or remove veins.

Signs and symptoms

  • Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
  • Can form anywhere on your leg from your groin to your ankle
  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs
  • An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
  • Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Itching around one or more of your veins

Treatment

Self-care — such as exercising, losing weight, not wearing tight clothes, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting — can ease pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. Compression stockings also may help.

Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before moving on to other treatments. Compression stockings are worn all day. They steadily squeeze your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. The amount of compression varies by type and brand.

Disclaimer:
Any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

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  • http://blogtalkradio.com/theolaandkeyshow daprinceofradio

    Looks fine 2 me. Normal if you ask me.

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    LOL

  • jazi65

    Is that why she wears those suppose hose :think:

  • jazi65

    *support

  • rockstar

    I always thought she wore them to hide the scars on her leg.. makeup can only do so much..well at least he's acting the part of a gentleman by helping her walk without stumbling

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HXf-eTGEs&feature=fvst YSoSerious

    :rolleyes: @ this "teaching opportunity".

  • Shauny

    Jay has some lil chicken ass ankles and legs.

    I don't see what SR is talking about, could be a bit of dirt on the back of her knee :shrugs:

  • chase

    If its what I am looking at on the back of her leg that's not a big deal. One of the ladies that use to babysit me had them and goodness they were baaaad...

  • gypsyeyes

    How is it that you have a medical minute on varicose veins but Rhi-Rhi is walking around giving herpes to everyone? Just asking.

  • darkflava

    Wow @ gypsyeyes!! Lol

  • rockstar

    lol@ gypsyeyes too funny

  • Musiqal1

    Sandra, you know Beyonce is not 30 yet and she is turning next year! I caught that little jab! :lol:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HXf-eTGEs&feature=fvst YSoSerious

    @Gypsy

    I thought it, you typed it. :lol:

  • Shauny

    gypsi - let Rhi Rhi and her lip herpes be great

  • Peachpussycat

    :rofl: @ Gypsy

  • Musiqal1

    LMAO @ gypsy!

    But this is an interesting Medical Minute cause I always wondered what caused that in people

  • Daisy

    @gyp :nono:

    :rofl: at this post #icant

    My aunties that are light bright have real bad v veins

  • bnatural

    *sigh* Ok...wow...this post... :rolleyes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWW5NhVpi_U Man, I just don’t care™

    @GYPSY
    :rofl:

    Sandra goin get you for that!

  • Shauny

    Daisy - tell VI to come to SR for a sec if you can

  • xcal86

    A quick edit for Sandra... now it's correct!!

    "When I saw this pic of 30-year-old singer Beyonce walking beside her husband Jay Z in Australia, my eye was immediately drawn to the PR foto-op stunt that was about to occur."

  • gypsyeyes

    So yall are saying that I should not have mentioned that? We all have a trait of herpes in our system. Herpes can come in the form of chicken pox. But there is genital, oral or other parts of the body. This warrants a medical minute more than some varicose veins and I'm not even a stan!!! Just saying...

  • MzDimplez1123

    Once again I ask, Is there concrete proof that Rih has Herpes?

  • gypsyeyes

    @MzDimplez- a cold sore is a sign of herpes, now whether or not that is STD related I don't know but I just thought that I would put it out there.

  • MzDimplez1123

    I only ask because ppl, not you, keep saying she's spreading Herpes like she gave ninjas AIDS or something. I thought somebody had found her Valtrex prescription online.

  • gypsyeyes

    I don't know if she is but considering she does have flare ups. There is NO cure for the virus but like I said I don't know how she acquired it. But that does mean that whoever she deals with runs the risk of contracting it. I'm not just going in on Rhianna, this is just my MEDICAL MINUTE!!!

  • twindemplz02

    WOW all of that from one tiny spot on the back of her leg? SMH

  • http://mobile.twitter.com/iamwonderchick2 LesBinLuv

    Hey Aunty...UR an AZZ!!!! I'm laffin so hard at u and this post...u are something else! **Kevin Hart voice**

  • Daisy

    @shauny I just told her she was being paged

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HXf-eTGEs&feature=fvst YSoSerious

    HEY Les & Gypsy :waves:

    Everyones in the Ursher post. Some are even trying to get an orgy going. Not that I condone that sort of behavior on this family-oriented blog. :coffee:

  • meanNsurly

    Sandra should have addressed that nappy azz wig she is wearing!! Why oh Why does she continually wear bad weaves, lace fronts, and wigs?

  • robin

    I know this is a medical minute post, but I wish we could get a shot of Bey's outfit fron the front, it looks really cute and so does the bag. Its so friggin cold today, everyone in down coats, hats and scarves, and we get post of the rich and famous on the beach, and down under. Wish I was there for sure.

  • MzDimplez1123

    @ Gypsi... I apologize if you took my question the wrong way. I actually asked it earlier in the post Auntie posted about her too.

  • ELove

    Ms. Sandra... :nono:

  • gypsyeyes

    No dear, you should know that I don't take offense to things like that. I was making a point about how frivolous this medical minute was and then I got on my medical high horse...

  • Princess Smarty-Pants

    @Robin #32 Hey....the outfit is really cute as Ive seenit on other sites. nad thats oneof those studded berkin bags that people are mad because lady gaga drew on hers. are you a :newbie: ?

  • Daisy

    Sandra said it was a family oriented blog go figure :coffee:

  • http://mobile.twitter.com/iamwonderchick2 LesBinLuv

    Did someone say orgy... :kona:

  • Danielle

    @Mz Dimples

    I agree with you!

    I don't think its right to assume Rihanna has herpes because she had a cold sore. Yeah I know its a form but I've seen sick little kids with them too and I know they don't have STD's. I don't wish any disease on anyone. I'm no Rihanna stan but I just think its mean to say without any proof to back it up.

  • Shauny

    @Les, not my cup of tea but that was funny :lolol:

  • Shauny

    Am I the only one who thought the Rhi Rhi herpes jokes were to be taken with the same grain of salt as the "teh ghey", Bey is 35, Jay Z is in the Illuminati, T.I is misunderstood jokes? Am I the only one?

  • Danielle

    Oh yeah and I do not think Bey has Vericose veins! Most older people I know with them ALWAYS hide them.

  • StillASassyOne

    I'm 24, and I have some veins like that behind my knees and I get questioned a lot about the ONE GREEN vein that can clearly be seen on the side of both of my eyes....explain that!!

  • StillASassyOne

    Hi Danielle,

    I don't know if that's you in your gravatar, but if so- I've been meaning to tell you that you are VERY pretty!

  • Danielle

    I know its all out of fun but I guess I'm just different. I'm not getting upset or anything because its not my business lol. I just don't find humor in it personally and I don't think we would want people joking about any of us having any disease. #Thatsall

  • Danielle

    Hey Sassy!

    Thats Corinne Bailey Rae (one of my fave artist). I think lightskin people veins are just more noticeable.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_wjBDrUsKo BROWNSUGAPOET

    @ Danielle, why did I have a dream about Corinne Bailey Rae 2 nights ago! I kept askin her to sing to me! LOL

  • Danielle

    Hey Brown!

    LoL I don't dream about her but I love her music! Everybody say she is boring but I like her.

  • Shauny

    Daisy - you still here? Have you still been watching the Amazing Race?

  • meanNsurly

    @Dani: I bought her latest album and i love it especially "Closer." I like her music and her tone is so smooth. Her cd's get me through the day here at work.

  • Shauny

    We all are different Danielle, that's what makes this blog go round girl.

    Just as people wouldn't want folks joking about our sexuality, or our belief in GOD, or being accused of being an abuser physical or sexually and all the other stuff that happens on here everyday. Right or wrong it's what happens on most blogs.

  • gypsyeyes

    OK, to clarify: I never said that she had an STD. I don't know whether or not she has one, I wasn't there. And yes, if a kid has a cold sore that is a form of herpes. I don't dislike Rhi cause I don't know here. My point was why do something as small as some varicose veins when there are other things that warrant a medical minute.

  • Audacious2

    :blink:
    Then that explains why Bey' said in a recent interview, along with Queen Tina Knowles, something about she normally wears (3) pair of pantyhose. And I was wondering, what in the heh-ha-hell is she talking about.

  • Danielle

    Yes Mean!
    I was a fan since the first one but I like "The Sea". I can't listen to in the car tho, strictly in the house lol!

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Audacious2 says:

    Then that explains why Bey’ said in a recent interview, along with Queen Tina Knowles, something about she normally wears (3) pair of pantyhose. And I was wondering, what in the heh-ha-hell is she talking about.
    ________________

    I love it when my readers think and absorb the information. :)

  • Anna

    Danielle says:

    Oh yeah and I do not think Bey has Vericose veins!
    ~~~~~~~
    It looks like a spider vein to me. Vericose veins look like you have a rod under your skin.

  • meanNsurly

    @Dani: I feel ya. Honestly I didn't like her when her first CD came out and thats only because I was young and couldn't understand it. I have noticed that my taste in music is a lot different from when I was in my early 20's. I enjoy neo-soul now more than some of this horse chit R&B that they play. But don't get me wrong, sometimes I just need to hear some bass and beats tho!!!! LOL

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    :kiss: JIGGA

    Good gawd Bey has varicose veins... Is she human or something ewwww those humans and their flaws... :|

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    StillASassyOne says:

    I’m 24, and I have some veins like that behind my knees and I get questioned a lot about the ONE GREEN vein that can clearly be seen on the side of both of my eyes….explain that!!
    ________________

    You have varicose veins in your legs and spider veins in your face. That tells me that varicosities runs in your family. Nothing to worry about.

  • meanNsurly

    I thought she said she wore 3-6 layers of panty hose to prevent her legs from getting all sweaty and wet when she was performing. I think thats what she said on her Sasha Fierce....."I AM GOD" documentary on tv

  • Danielle

    AGAIN... Personally I'm not upset over anything said on the internet. Rihanna isn't related to me. I'm not trying to go back n forth with anyone. People have their opinions and I have mine. Thats pretty much it :)

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    LesBinLuv says:

    Hey Aunty…UR an AZZ!!!! I’m laffin so hard at u and this post…u are something else! **Kevin Hart voice**
    ___________________

    Hey Les, I put up a Kevin Hart post just for you. :lol:

  • Shauny

    @Isc - did you know your man Jigga's legs were so skinty?

  • meanNsurly

    :dead: @ Shauny. They look like toothpics compared to Bey's monsterous legs

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    MzDimplez1123 says:

    Once again I ask, Is there concrete proof that Rih has Herpes?
    ___________________

    No there isn't. No one has seen Rihanna with any evidence of herpes sores on her lips. The one picture that everyone claims is a herpes sore was actually a cut on her mouth.

  • gypsyeyes

    I'm not coming at you in any way, I was just explaining why I typed what I typed. Sorry if it came across any other way. I don't go back and forth and I don't want you thinking that I am.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    xcal86 says:

    A quick edit for Sandra… now it’s correct!!

    “When I saw this pic of 30-year-old singer Beyonce walking beside her husband Jay Z in Australia, my eye was immediately drawn to the PR foto-op stunt that was about to occur.”
    ____________________

    I knew someone would accuse me of Photoshopping the pic. Which is why I included the link to the original source of the photograph. :coffee:

  • gypsyeyes

    MzDimplez1123 says:

    Once again I ask, Is there concrete proof that Rih has Herpes?
    ___________________

    No there isn’t. No one has seen Rihanna with any evidence of herpes sores on her lips. The one picture that everyone claims is a herpes sore was actually a cut on her mouth.
    _________________________________________

    So is that kind of like that one picture of a Bey from the back with a spot showing on the back of her knee?

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    meanNsurly says:

    I thought she said she wore 3-6 layers of panty hose to prevent her legs from getting all sweaty and wet when she was performing.
    _____________________

    Now you know the real reason. :coffee:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    iscream says:

    Good gawd Bey has varicose veins… Is she human or something ewwww those humans and their flaws… :neutral:
    ____________________

    :rofl:

  • Shauny

    mean - is that gangsta you in your gravi?

  • meanNsurly

    @Shauny: Nah its my bew that be on EVERYBODY'S song and pushing Kodak cameras and Sprite on everyone.....its Drake. LOL

  • Danielle

    @ gypsyeyes

    Hey! No I didn't think you were coming for me or anything. I been here long enough to know that's not what you do :) This just helps my day go by, I respect everyone's opinion.

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    When she admitted on The View that she wore two pair of pantie hose she sad its because she has jiggly legs and its to keep them from shaking so much.

    Geesh.. Show your rockette legs tis the season.

    :rolleyes:

  • Shauny

    Danielle - what's your favorite Corrine Bailey Ray song? My hubby loves Just Like A Star. I'm not going to lie, he got e liking her.

    @mean - I look at that pic and still don't see Drake. I thought it was you doing a gangsta pose forreal

  • http://twitter.com/sherita78 mizzdallas

    My mama have those spider veins ewwww yuck!!

    *waves* Hey shauny gypseyes & isc!!!!

  • Danielle

    @Shauny

    My favs are "I'd do it all again" and "I would like to call it Beauty" off her second album.

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    @ Shauny

    His legs can be skinny cause his _______ is thick. :yes:

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    Hey Mizz

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HXf-eTGEs&feature=fvst YSoSerious

    @Danielle & Mean

    I love Corinne too, ever since her first album. And "Closer" is my favorite song of her new album. :yes:

  • Shauny

    lol...girl please

    Anyways, Isc - well I heard that chica. BUT I've also heard he didn't know what to do with it so that's a waste of good pole

  • robin

    @Princess: Sorry for the delay in answering, No I am not new, but not one of the regular commentors. I have been checking out the blog site for a while now but only comment here and there. Still need to get it together with my gravi though. Thanks for asking. Have a nice weekend all.

  • Lady_L

    gypsyeyes says:

    How is it that you have a medical minute on varicose veins but Rhi-Rhi is walking around giving herpes to everyone? Just asking.

    -:rofl:
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  • aqtpie

    :rofl: @Gypsy and Sandra's whole damn post!!!