According to the Society of Vascular Medicine, more than 30 million Americans suffer some form of venous disorder, yet only 10 percent of them seek treatment.
Vein conditions, while mostly harmless, can also put you at risk of developing potentially serious medical problems.
Leg pain and swelling; muscle cramps; a feeling of heaviness or fatigue in your legs; darkening or thickening of the skin on your legs are potential symptoms of a vein condition requiring prompt intervention.
If you’re experiencing most of these, visit us here at Edward G. Mackay and Associates. Our highly regarded, board-certified vein specialist, Dr. Edward Mackay, offers comprehensive and proven effective solutions for the gamut of vein conditions—from simple to complex. Below are some of the common vein conditions that Dr. Mackay regularly addresses.
These are the small, damaged veins that appear on the surface of your legs or face. They can be blue, purple, or red in color and appear as thin lines, webs, or branches.
The procedure most often recommended for spider veins is sclerotherapy, which involves Dr. Mackay injecting a solution directly into your vein, causing it to scar and the blood to reroute through nearby healthy veins. The vein is then reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
Varicosities are enlarged and twisted superficial veins that develop due to increased blood pressure within their valves. The increased pressure weakens or damages the veins and consequently causes blood to pool in them.
When left untreated, varicose veins can put you at risk for blood clots, bleeding, and ulcers.
Treatment options for varicose veins include sclerotherapy, laser treatment, and vein stripping.
Venous Statis Dermatitis (Itchy Legs)
This condition can be a complication of varicose veins, and they occur when leaky blood vessels inflame the surrounding tissue and irritate your skin.
In addition to your varicose vein treatment, Dr. Mackay will likely recommend self-care strategies to help ease the symptoms of venous statis dermatitis, including wearing compression stockings, frequently elevating your legs, losing weight, or engaging in low-impact exercises.
Lymphedema is a condition that affects the lymphatic system—the body’s sewerage system. An obstruction or damage in the lymphatic system can cause lymph fluid to build up in the body, usually in the arms or legs.
While not life-threatening in itself, lymphedema can put you at risk of developing serious infections.
Treatment options for lymphedema include compression techniques, laser therapy, or surgery.
Vein Treatment in Palm Harbor, FL
To be seen by one of the most trusted vein doctors in Florida, contact us today for a consultation. with Dr. Edward Mackay. Call us at (727) 349-5652 or fill out this appointment request form. We have three convenient locations: in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and Largo, Florida.