Cosmetic or Something More? How to Tell If Your Varicose Vein Problems Are Serious

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Cosmetic or Something More? How to Tell If Your Varicose Vein Problems Are Serious

It’s understandable that you don’t want ostensibly purple veins being visible on your body, but varicose vein pose problems that go far beyond aesthetic imperfections.

Here’s how to tell if your vein problems are serious:

1. Swelling

Knotted veins cause a buildup of blood pressure which, in turn, leads to leakage in the tissues around the vein. This causes the area to swell, making it look unsightly and causing discomfort.

With time, the skin gets tighter, which exacerbates the pain. If the pain continues to grow, it’s best to consult a physician before it worsens and causes further complications.

2. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation occurs when red blood cells in the tissues of your leg become inflamed and cause skin discoloration.

Unless the area is treated, the hyperpigmentation will continue to get worse.

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3. Infection

Any sort of inflammation in the body makes you susceptible to infections. When you develop varicose veins, the infections that typically remain on the surface of the skin can penetrate it and cause skin infections.

If you’re developing serious skin infections due to varicose veins, it’s best to have them treated.

4. Varicose Vein Leg Pain

Leaving varicose veins untreated will eventually lead to pain. The pain usually begins with some itchiness in the area, but with time, it will start to burn and eventually you will experience heaviness in the legs. In the worst cases, people may experience restless leg syndrome.

5. Skin Ulcers

Whenever there’s inflammation in the body, it becomes difficult for it to use oxygen and the necessary nutrients to protect the body. As a result, the body has a hard time healing itself and becomes infected.

Until the blood is allowed to flow regularly, the body will not be able to heal.  

6. Superficial and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is a kind of blood clot that occurs just below the skin and causes a red sport whenever the vein is inflamed. When DVT is left untreated, it can become fatal. A blood clot in the leg that may have been harmless, can become loose and go flow up to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.

Consult a varicose veins specialist to determine whether the bulging veins in your legs need to be treated.

Varicose Vein Doctors in New York offer a range of vein treatments that include radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation sclerotherapy, and ClariVein. We treat leg cramps, leg heaviness, spider veins, varicose vein, restless leg syndrome and more.

Contact us today for a consultation.

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