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The Dangerous Side of Varicose Veins

November 03, 2016

Treating the issues associated with varicose veins goes beyond skin deep. Leaving these dilated blood vessels untreated can lead to a number of serious medical conditions. Patients with varicose veins often report symptoms of pain, fatigue, itchiness, discomfort in the legs, and skin swelling. These symptoms can only get worse if the patient opts not to see a medical professional. Each case is different. Some patients can see their symptoms worsen, while others could be at risk of more grave, potentially life-threatening conditions.

Conditions

Hyperpigmentation

If left untreated, the most common complication of varicose veins typically results in excess blood leaking into the tissues of the leg. Patients experience painful swelling and inflammation as parts of their skin become dark and discolored.

Venous Leg Ulcer

Varicose veins can sometimes result in a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. Over time, CVI can result in what’s known as a venous leg ulcer. This is when an area of the skin breaks down to reveal the flesh underneath. Venous leg ulcers tend to get larger over time, leading to increased discomfort and further problems.

Lipodermosclerosis

When the tissues of the leg are left inflamed for a long period of time, they can become firm and/or heavy. The patient may feel their legs becoming increasingly tender, making it difficult to move or relax.

Spontaneous Bleeding

Varicose veins tend to break down the walls of the skin over time. In some cases, the slightest scratch or cut can lead to excess blood loss. While the bleeding is usually painless, patients may experience significant blood loss.

Superficial Thrombophlebitis

Superficial thrombophlebitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the veins just beneath the surface of the skin. This results from the weakening of the veins and decreased blood flow. Patients may experience redness of the skin, an increasing tenderness of the vein, as well as ongoing pain or swelling in the legs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis is the most serious condition related to varicose veins. DVT usually results in what’s known as a pulling sensation in the legs, stemming from a blood clot. The patient may feel as if their nerves are being pinched with increased redness and swelling in the legs. If the blood clot travels further up the body, the condition could be life-threatening.

How to Fix Varicose Veins

The type of varicose vein treatment depends on the severity of the condition. In most cases, the damaged vein is removed entirely using a range of different treatment methods such as endovenous laser ablation, micro-phlebectomy, or sclerotherapy. Most forms of treatment are relatively painless and can be performed in just a few short appointments.

Who to See for Varicose Veins

Patients with varicose veins should seek a licensed specialist in their area for an initial evaluation. We are more than happy to help treat any vascular issue you may be facing to prevent you from any further complications that may impact your health and safety. We want to help keep you the healthiest and happiest version of you! Call us today to schedule an appointment or speak with one of our staff about your symptoms. 

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