It is possible to develop spider and varicose veins before they begin to show beneath the surface of your skin. You may begin to feel a few symptoms that are a sign you may have problematic veins. Some of the symptoms to look for when spider and/or varicose veins are developing are:
• Aching and heaviness in your legs
• Swelling in the feet and ankles
• Muscle cramping in your calves
• Itching for no apparent reason
• Bleeding after scratching the itching
• Pain in the lower legs after a long period of standing
• Color changes in the skin of the lower legs and ankles
It is recommended to get a diagnosis for any of the above symptoms because treatment can help stop the varicose veins from becoming worse. During a consultation at our office, you can tell our specialist about your symptoms and get the required treatment.
Spider veins are not mini varicose veins. They are usually harmless and are a symptom of poor blood circulation. They are often seen along with varicose veins. Spider veins appear as blue or red threads just under the surface of the skin. They commonly occur on the legs, but may be seen on the face.
Spider and varicose veins are both considered to be unsightly, especially during the Summer months when you want to wear short clothing, but this is not the only reason they should be treated. Varicose veins may not be a major health issue at first, and if they are treated, may not develop further, but left untreated, they can cause serious health problems in the future. Some of the long-term health risks are blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, swollen legs and poor overall circulation. Both men and women develop spider and varicose veins, but women are much more likely at risk and are also more likely to get treatment.
Varicose veins are caused because the vein walls and small valves inside the vein that stop the blood from flowing backwards become damaged. When the blood cannot flow back to the heart, it begins to pool in the vein so that the vein bulges and becomes twisted.
There are several reasons why the vein walls become damaged. Heredity is the most common reason, but obesity, long-term standing or sitting, smoking, a lack of exercise and hormonal changes can also cause the veins to become weak.
Treatment for spider and varicose veins ranges from simple remedies such as wearing compression stockings and getting more exercise to non-invasive treatments such as sclerotherapy or, in serious cases, surgery. Some of the serious problems are:
• Skin ulcers on the legs that are hard to heal. They may not heal until the problematic veins are treated
• Significant blood loss after an injury of the affected leg
• Superficial blood clots that cause pain, swelling and tenderness in the vein
• Deep blood clots that may break free and travel to the lungs
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is recommended to get professional help. At her office in Little Rock, Dr. Mimi Lee may examine your veins to determine the seriousness of your condition and suggest the proper treatment. Contact her office today to schedule your consultation.