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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that may become gnarled and twisted over time. The valves in these veins stop working properly which interferes with normal blood flow and results in the pooling of blood inside the veins. The condition is most commonly found in the legs, where blood flow has to work against gravity to move back up to the heart. However, varicose veins can occur in other areas of the body as well.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins appear as enlarged veins, or networks of veins, under the surface of the skin. Veins may appear to twist and protrude, creating bumps and ridges on the surface of the leg. In many cases, varicose veins appear without any accompanying symptoms, creating nothing more than a cosmetic concern. However, many patients do experience uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins, including:

  • Heaviness or achiness in the affected leg
  • Swelling of the extremity
  • Itchy skin in the area of the affected vein
  • Changes to the skin, including color changes, thinning and scaling
  • Appearance of skin ulcers around the ankle area

In most cases, varicose veins do not pose a serious medical concern. However, rare instances may progress to more severe problems like skin ulcers and the formation of blood clots – a condition known deep vein thrombosis. Patients with these developments require prompt medical attention to minimize risk of a dangerous, and even life-threatening, situation.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

The good news is that varicose veins can be effectively treated to eliminate their appearance and painful symptoms. There are many options in varicose vein treatments, from traditional sclerotherapy to ablation involving radiofrequency waves or closure with adhesive medical glue. If you are ready to say goodbye to those unsightly veins, or if you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from your condition, contact Specialty Vein Care today to learn more about your choices in effective varicose vein treatment.