We have all seen people with varicose veins. In many cases, they continue to live their lives without major complications — other than their legs look ugly.
But there is a risk to ignoring your varicose veins, and it may even evolve into a significant danger to your health.
The physical signs often start with discomfort. Your legs might ache or the skin over your varicose veins might feel tight or itchy as the veins expand.
Maybe you can live with that. But the longer you put up with the aches and itches, the more likely your veins will break down further and cause additional problems.
Vein symptoms from mild to severe
If blood starts to leak from damaged veins, for example, the skin around your legs will become discolored and your leg will swell. Over time, the skin and fat around the leaking vein will harden, making them feel stiff and woody. It means those tissues are no longer able to do their jobs.
As the skin gets thinner over a vein, for instance, the vein is more prone to bleed under light pressure, such as when clothes or bedding rub against it. It won’t hurt, but the bleeding can be profuse.
Continued irritation around the vein could lead to open sores that don’t heal. Not only are they unsightly, they increase your chance of infection.
Blood clots are also more likely to form in varicose veins. Although these are not always dangerous, in some cases they can be life threatening.
No need to ignore leg veins
Left untreated, your varicose veins will also get larger and more unsightly – and you will be the one people are looking at.
Treatment for varicose veins is usually covered by insurance. The modern options to remove the veins are relatively easy and allow you to return to your regular lifestyle within a day or two. Find out more by scheduling a free visit with Dr. Alex Afshar at the Vein Institute of Connecticut. There is no reason to let your varicose veins get worse.