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When Varicose Veins Need Medical Treatment

You consider your varicose veins to be a nuisance, and you do your best to try to hide their bulging, discolored appearance from others. You consider your varicose veins to be simply a part of your life — after all, over 50% of women and around 45% of men experience varicose veins (especially in the legs) at some point in their lives.


You haven't considered medical treatment for your varicose veins, although you know services are available to help alleviate your discomfort and treat the appearance of your veins. Still, even if your varicose veins aren't a huge concern to you, perhaps they should be. Here are signs your varicose veins need medical treatment.

You consider your varicose veins to be a nuisance, and you do your best to try to hide their bulging, discolored appearance from others. You consider your varicose veins to be simply a part of your life — after all, over 50% of women and around 45% of men experience varicose veins (especially in the legs) at some point in their lives.


You haven't considered medical treatment for your varicose veins, although you know services are available to help alleviate your discomfort and treat the appearance of your veins. Still, even if your varicose veins aren't a huge concern to you, perhaps they should be. Here are signs your varicose veins need medical treatment.


Your Varicose Veins Are Painful


Varicose veins are caused by circulation problems in the body, which means blood can pool in certain areas of your legs, and collapsed veins can become painful as a result. If your legs or feet begin to swell or appear discolored or you feel ample pain or itchiness around your varicose veins, you should see a vein specialist.


Painful varicose veins can be treated by wearing compression garments to help improve blood circulation and flow and to reduce swelling. Your vein specialist can prescribe you certain socks and other clothing to make you feel more comfortable, especially if you stand for many hours of the day (which can make varicose vein discomfort worse).


Your Varicose Veins Have Burst/Changed in Appearance


Physical impact or other trauma can cause your varicose veins to burst, especially if your veins are bulging and knotted and rise above your skin's surface. A burst vein can be very serious, and signs of it include increased pressure or pain in the affected area and discoloration of the vein and the skin around it. Left untreated, a burst varicose vein can become toxic, which is very dangerous to your health.


Some varicose veins also create hard knots or bumps which can be blood clots. Blood clots can be very serious and should be given medical attention right away. If your varicose veins worsen or change in any way, call a vein specialist for a consultation. While many varicose veins don't require any specific treatment, your vein specialist will want to examine you to make sure your health isn't in danger.


Your Varicose Veins Can Cause Health Problems


In some cases, but not all, your existing varicose veins can affect your immune system, leading to a painful and serious condition called lymphedema. Your lymphatic system helps eradicate toxins from your body, but when this system is interrupted by your varicose veins, your feet, legs, and sometimes other areas of your body can swell as a result.


Varicose veins can also change the appearance of your skin, causing your skin to change to a yellowish hue with a leather-like feel. The best way to prevent your varicose veins from affecting your overall health is to schedule an appointment with a vein specialist.


Your vein specialist will ask you about your medical history and when you first noticed varicose veins and will make a note of your lifestyle (smoking, drinking, and your basic activity level) to determine what may be causing your varicose veins. Your vein specialist will discuss the many available treatment options with you.


Varicose veins may be common, but this doesn't mean you should ignore your bulging, swollen veins. If you have any problems with your varicose veins or feel you are getting new varicose veins, you need to seek medical treatment. Our specialists at the office of Dr. Mackay, Vein & Circulation Specialist, are here to treat all your vein symptoms. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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