September 27

Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins


Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be either a cosmetic issues or more serious pain concern. Either way one method to solve your varicose vein distress is by visiting Dr. Edward Mackay, a board certified vascular surgeon, serving the community of Tampa with his vein expertise.


Are you wondering how you came to develop varicose veins in the first place? These often painful and unsightly veins are either a result of your lifestyle, your genetics, or both.

How Do Varicose Veins Form

Whichever way you developed these veins, lifestyle or genetics, they are formed by the same physiological process. One of the primary purposes of veins is to carry the blood back to the heart. To do this they have to work against gravity. Over time the walls of these veins can fail for various reasons causing a collapse which decreases circulation and, inevitably, varicose veins. At this point blood will begin to pool causing swelling of the veins and legs. This can be quite a painful ordeal and seeking treatment is highly recommended.


List of Varicose Veins Symptoms 

If you have varicose veins you most likely are well aware of it. However, if you are unsure there are some common symptoms you should be aware of. Making yourself familiar with these symptoms is important because varicose veins can be a serious health issue.  

Common Symptoms In The Legs:

  • Itching
  • Heaviness  
  • Achiness
  • Throbbing
  • Swelling

As with most disease or illness symptoms may vary from person to person. You may experience all of these symptoms while another person may only experience one or two. These symptoms should signal you that there is an accumulation of blood forming in your legs from collapsed veins. 

What Are The Visual Signs of Varicose Veins?

While there are physical symptoms that you can feel there are also some common visual symptoms. These signs will occur at various degrees depending on your stage of disease.

  • Dark purple or blue long thick veins that bulge out from the leg.

  • Lipodermatosclerosis, this is hyperpigmentation of the skin.

  • Varicose veins bleeding.

  • Ulcers forming around the ankle area.

What happens if you do not take action when you experience symptoms

Over time damage to the veins in your legs will increase which will simultaneously increase the amount of blood that pools in your legs. Your symptoms will worsen as the blood increases.

For the individual suffering from varicose veins their symptoms will often worsen as the day progresses. The veins will continue to fill with extra blood that is unable to make it back to the heart efficiently. This will lead to a worsening of symptoms such as itching and soreness.

There are conservative treatment options for your varicose veins.

Conservative Treatment to help Delay or Prevent Varicose Veins

You can find more information on these options by watching our video. It is recommended that you should attempt conservative therapy for at least three months before making a visit to a vascular specialist. Before medical intervention can be approved by your insurance an specialist will be required and you will need to attempt traditional compression therapy for three months under their care.


Because of these extra steps we recommend using conservative therapy that you see on our video first. Once you’ve tried these you will then be able to explain to your doctor that you have used other measures first. When medical treatment is approved a vein specialist will remove your damaged veins giving you relief.


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