4. Brittle Hair and Nails

Brittle Nails

Brittle hair and nails are another symptom you probably would not initially associate with poor blood flow. However, as the base of our hair and nails (inside the body) is made of living tissue, it too needs nutrients to grow strong, so that when it exits the body, it remains structurally strong. Poor blood flow may deny your hair and nail cells these vital nutrients, leading them to become brittle, and therefore more likely to chip and fray when exposed to pressure. Then again, there are other signals your nails may send you.

3. Swelling Feet and Hands

Swelling Feet

You might be surprised to find that swelling in the feet and hands could be a clue that you suffer from poor circulation. However, it is a symptom that arises as a result of imbalances within the body caused by insufficient blood flow to the affected area. As a result of these nutritional deficiencies, the body may have difficulty keeping fluid in the blood vessels, and instead, it may leak, where it settles into the surrounding tissues instead. This is where the swelling comes from.

2. Leg Ulcers

Leg Ulcers 1

Along with swelling and varicose veins, you may also discover leg ulcers around your ankles or knees. They may look a lot like rashes: sore and inflamed skin that is sensitive to the touch. They generally arise as a result of an injury to the skin. However, while such minor injuries would heal rather quickly under ordinary circumstances, problems with blood flow hinder this, as the necessary components for the repair may not arrive sufficiently via the blood. This means the wound remains open and becomes prone to festering. This is a serious condition that requires medical treatment.

1. Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Poor circulation can also actually change the shape of your veins. This is particularly true of veins in the legs, as they are among the farthest from the heart. They become bluish, highly visible, and generally are an ugly sight. Varicose veins, as they are known, are caused by poor blood flow through the veins. While they are not harmful per se, they can be painful and may indicate serious underlying conditions. They should be treated by improving circulation and other measures. In the short term, compression stockings can help with that.

Related: Truths About Varicose Veins You Should Know


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