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Varicose Veins: Are they Dangerous?

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Is it necessary to visit a vein treatment center as soon as you develop varicose veins? Is it dangerous to leave the condition untreated? These are questions that linger in people’s minds whenever they hear about this vein disease. If you’re living with these unsightly and bulging ropy blue or purplish veins, it’s important that you see a vein specialist for evaluation and treatment. The fact that your varicose veins aren’t causing any significant discomfort and seem asymptomatic doesn’t mean you don’t need to consult a physician.

Upon my question to Vip Medical Group, they said that it’s possible to manage some varicose veins with lifestyle changes and daily habits that prevent them from developing further and advancing. Such lifestyle changes include maintaining a regular exercise routine, avoiding long periods of sitting and standing, wearing compression socks, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and more. On the other hand, some varicose veins require treatment as they are more severe and painful. If not treated, it can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms and significantly impact a person’s health.

Consider seeking a full venous evaluation if you experience any of the following symptoms.

Deep Vein thrombosis

Patients with deep vein thrombosis often experience increased swelling, pain, warmth, and redness in their legs and may feel a pinching and pulling sensation their nerves. It’s the most serious medical condition related to this vein disease. Deep vein thrombosis is often characterized by the formation of blood clots in the deeper veins of the thighs and lower legs. The condition can cause serious problems and even become life-threatening if the blood clot reaches the lungs. Any symptoms of deep vein thrombosis shouldn’t be ignored.

Leg Ulcers

If left to progress, varicose veins can cause skin ulcers in the lower leg. Remember the condition causes increased blood pressure and inflammation as they blood pools in the veins. The open sores and skin ulcers that develop can be painful and difficult to heal. Treating the condition is the only solution otherwise the infection can spread.

Spontaneous Bleeding

Over time, if not treated, varicose veins expand and worsen, causing the veins to bulge and swell even the more. This leaves the skin over the damaged veins vulnerable to injury as it becomes thin over time. Since the walls of the skin are damaged, one is likely to experience excess blood loss at the slightest scratch.

Superficial Thrombophlebitis

To prevent blood from clotting, your venous blood needs to flow throughout your body without any problems. Varicose veins involve weakening of veins following the backing up and pooling of blood and can result in blood clotting in the veins thus creating Superficial Vein Thrombosis. Patients with superficial thrombophlebitis may experience symptoms such as increased vein tenderness, leg swelling, pain, and redness of skin. These symptoms develop because of inflamed veins beneath the skin surface.

Hyperpigmentation

As mentioned, varicose veins weaken the veins causing them to become leaky. That explains why you may feel painful swelling and darkening or discoloring of parts of your skin. The reason for this is excessive leaking of blood from the veins into the leg tissues. The blood pools beneath the surface of the skin.

In conclusion, it’s important that you seek a licensed vein specialist for evaluation as soon as you notice you have varicose veins. Treating this condition often depends on its severity.

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