The Severity of Varicose Veins & When to Seek Help

Picture of a woman with varicose veins

Most people don’t know about varicose veins and some people, like you, maybe do know about varicose veins because you suffer from them and you want to know more about the severity of them. Truth is, varicose veins may not cause you any medical problems and you can carry on with your daily routine, or you could be one who suffers from problematic symptoms such as aching pain, throbbing and discomfort which can be a good indication for you to seek medical treatment. Without a proper initial analysis by a trained vein specialist it is hard to comprehensively diagnose the severity of your varicose vein condition.

Dangers of having varicose veins

In some cases varicose veins need to be treated as a serious medical issue as they can lead to further more serious health problems. These can include:

  • Sores or skin ulcers due to chronic (long-term) backing up of blood. These sores or ulcers are painful and hard to heal. Sometimes they cannot heal until the backward blood flow in the vein is repaired. (more on skin ulcers)
  • Bleeding. The skin over the veins becomes thin and easily injured. When an injury occurs, there can be significant blood loss.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis (throm-bo-fli-BYT-uhs), which is a blood clot that forms in a vein just below the skin. Symptoms include skin redness; a firm, tender, warm vein; and sometimes pain and swelling.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a deeper vein. It can cause a “pulling” feeling in the calf, pain, warmth, redness, and swelling. However, sometimes it causes no significant symptoms. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal. (more on deep vein thrombosis)

If you currently suffer from or are concerned that you may be suffering from any of these symptoms please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

When to visit a vein specialist about varicose veins

It is always a good idea to see a local vein specialist to properly diagnose your varicose vein condition. You should visit your local specialist if:

  • The vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
  • There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
  • The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes color
  • One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
  • Your leg symptoms are interfering with daily activities
  • The appearance of the veins is causing you distress

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a vein specialist about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse. Ways to Help Prevent Spider & Varicose Veins

Sources: www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/varicose-spider-veins.cfm