If you have varicose veins and have been considering treatment, but you’re unsure whether you should consult a doctor, here are some things to look for:
Appearance. Not all varicose veins cause pain. That doesn’t mean they can’t, or shouldn’t, be treated. Veins that are dark blue or purple in color, and appear to bulge on the surface of your skin with a ropey texture can be unsightly, even if they don’t cause any physical pain. These are treatable, and varicose vein therapy can restore your confidence by reducing the appearance of these veins.
Heaviness and/or leg pain. These symptoms can be mild to severe, but either way, they’re uncomfortable to live with. Sometimes varicose vein pain manifests as aching or cramping in the legs. In some people it can be described as tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling or heaviness. This is often due to poor blood flow caused by varicose veins. Speak with your doctor if you are unable to find relief through typical means, such as elevating your legs.
Skin changes or sores. This is also related to poor circulation of varicose veins. When the blood is unable to flow efficiently it backs up and pools in the vein. Sometimes this causes fluid to leak out of the vein and into surrounding tissue, causing breakdown of the tissue and creating an ulcer.
Blood clots or swelling in the veins. When varicose veins slow down the flow of blood, a superficial blood clot can occur. This will present itself through swelling, redness, pain and/or tenderness in the affected area. While these types of blood clots aren’t likely to travel to your lungs like clots from deep vein thrombosis, there is still a risk factor, and you should consult a doctor if you’re experiencing these symptoms.
If any of these symptoms describe your experience with varicose veins, IBI Healthcare Institute has knowledgeable doctors who would love to meet with you and discuss your options.
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