Varicose veins. We all know they’re those unsightly reddish, purplish, twisted veins that pop out of the skin. But what are the signs and symptoms of varicose veins? Do they come with age? If so, will everyone get varicose veins as they get older? What about young people? Can they get varicose veins also? How can you tell if you have varicose veins? Are they painful? Do they lead to other health complications? There are a number of symptoms of varicose veins, and their signs are pretty straightforward. However, not all such veins are considered varicose veins. Some of the veins that are visible under the skin are referred to as ‘spider veins.’ It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of varicose veins, and the differences between spider veins and varicose veins. Following is information from vein treatment centers in New Jersey about the symptoms, what to watch out for, and potential complications for those who suffer from severe symptoms of varicose veins.
Varicose veins don’t always cause problems. Many people who have varicose veins exhibit no other symptoms other than their ugly appearance. However, because varicose veins involve circulation of the blood, they can cause other symptoms. And, depending on the severity, those symptoms can lead to more serious complications. Following are checklists of symptoms, from mild to more severe.
The following symptoms are common among patients who have varicose veins. Though these symptoms can be irritating, they typically aren’t severe.
- Heaviness in the legs, especially after standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Dull ache in the legs and other areas that have varicose veins.
- Mild swelling in the areas that contain varicose veins, especially in the legs, ankles, and feet.
- Burning sensation in the legs.
- Itchy skin over areas that contain varicose veins.
When mild symptoms become more severe, or when additional symptoms develop, it is strongly advisable to see your physician. If you’re a varicose vein sufferer, following are symptoms to watch out for, as these can be signs of serious complications.
- Significant swelling, especially after long periods of standing or sitting.
- Significant calf pain.
- Buildup of fluid.
- Skin discoloration, especially in lower legs and ankles.
- Open sores.
- Bleeding or bruising after suffering a minor injury.
Those who are experiencing the more severe symptoms of varicose veins should see their doctors, as these symptoms can lead to any of the following serious complications:
- Blood clots (also referred to as superficial thrombophlebitis) and inflammation can develop in small veins near the surface of the skin.
- Bleeding from varicose veins that can occur either from an injury or following an injury.
- Dry, scaly skin.
- Thin skin over areas that contain varicose veins, especially on or above ankles.
- Skin discoloration/color changes, especially occurring on the lower legs or on or around the ankles.
- Stretched, swollen skin.
- Open sores, especially around the ankles.
It’s vital for all patients who have varicose veins to keep a close watch on their symptoms. If you’re a varicose vein sufferer who’s experiencing any of the above symptoms or if you’ve noticed your symptoms are getting worse, contact your physician. Additionally, it’s important to take steps to minimize your symptoms, as mild symptoms can grow into severe symptoms, and severe symptoms can lead to blood clots deeper within the legs and painful ulcers from fluid buildup in the tissue. Be sure to elevate your legs whenever possible. Watch your diet and avoid foods that contain a lot of sodium. Get up and move around as much as possible. However, be sure to talk with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.
Varicose veins may be unsightly, but their unattractive appearance isn’t the worst thing about them. In fact, if the only bad thing about varicose veins was how ugly they are, doing something about them wouldn’t be so important. And preventing them from occurring in the first place wouldn’t be, either. However, the symptoms as well as the causes of varicose veins can cause further health complications, and that makes preventing and treating them vital. For more information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of varicose veins, contact a varicose vein treatment center to schedule a consultation.