Many people with varicose veins and spider veins make an attempt to treat their vein issues at home. In the early stages, varicose veins may be treated by elevating the affected area (such as the legs), exercise, and compression wearables, such as compression stockings.
However, it’s important to know when your vein problem has gotten to the point at which you should seek help from a medical professional, especially a vein specialist.
How Harmful Are Varicose Veins?
More than just a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is a condition characterized by the pooling of blood in a vein. Under normal circumstances, all of the blood returns to your heart; however, in this case, some of the blood collects in the vein and can sit there, possibly causing a harmful situation – such as a blood clot.
When the appearance of unsightly veins is accompanied by pain and discomfort, it may be due to CVI. Because the condition of varicose veins is developing symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit a vein specialist.
When Physician Intervention Is Necessary
In addition to enlarged and painful varicose veins, here are some of the other symptoms that should prompt a visit to a vein specialist:
Leg and Ankle Swelling
Tired legs at the end of the day may be normal, but swelling is not. Swelling indicates inflammation, which points to something wrong.
Other alarming symptoms that may indicate chronic venous insufficiency include cramping, tenderness, and a burning and throbbing sensation. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it is in your best interest to have a medical evaluation by an experienced vein doctor.
Bruising and Skin Discoloration
With chronic venous insufficiency, there is increased pressure in the blood vessels – particularly in the legs. With increasing pressure in the veins, there is inadequate and uneven blood flow to the surrounding cells and tissues, resulting in skin irritation and discoloration.
The lack of sufficient blood flow can also cause your skin to take on a brown and leathery appearance and can appear scaly or crusty. Blood flow issues can lead to dangerous vascular complications, so it is important to see a vein specialist immediately if you see anything unusual.
Leg Wounds Not Healing Properly
If you have insufficient blood flow in the legs and feet, it is going to take extra time for a cut or an open wound to heal completely. A wound that heals too slowly can lead to the development of ulcers and infections, but a vein physician can help prevent the wound from causing further damage.
Bulging or Knotty Veins
When varicose veins start to appear in other parts of the body beyond just the legs, such as the groin area or buttocks, it can be very uncomfortable. A vein specialist can help reduce these painful symptoms.
Premier Vein Specialist in Tampa, Florida
If you notice your varicose veins and spider veins getting worse or becoming painful, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a vein specialist. At Premier Vein & Vascular, our compassionate vein specialists use the most advanced treatment procedures in stopping or reducing the painful and harmful effects of protruding veins.
To schedule a consultation, call Premier Vein & Vascular today at (888) VEINCARE (834-6227). You can also request an appointment via our online form now. Our friendly team welcomes you to our Tampa and Largo vein and vascular centers.