Whether you want to see them or not, Varicose veins will always get worse over time.
Apparently there have been no studies to prove this, but vein specialists across the world – based on what they see — agree that once you have the disease, your veins will progressively deteriorate.
That doesn’t mean you always need to take immediate action when you notice varicose veins. In most cases, you can choose to wait and watch, and then act only when your symptoms become irritating or worrisome.
Symptoms often begin with only visual signs: some veins will turn purple or blue and they might bulge. If physical discomfort doesn’t start right away, it is nearly certain that eventually your legs will begin to ache or feel heavy. The skin around your veins might itch as the skin stretches.
Staying active, wearing compression hose, and maintaining a healthy diet might slow the progression of the disease. Symptoms of untreated varicose veins include blood clots and phlebitis, spontaneous bleeding or open sores that don’t heal.
If you have any of those symptoms you should seek immediate treatment.
The better approach, of course, is to treat your varicose veins before they become a medical emergency. A visit to a specialist will give you a better idea of the extent of your vein disease, how long you can wait before considering medical treatment, and treatment options.
At the Vein Institute of Connecticut, your first visit is free, and you can talk to Dr. Alex Afshar about how to approach your varicose veins.