Varicose Veins: When to Seek Treatment
Varicose veins is a common condition, especially in women. Approximately 25% of all adults have the condition. In most cases, varicose veins appear on the lower legs. Although varicose veins are often associated with women and are thought to be a cosmetic issue, men need to know that varicose veins are a health concern for them as well. And they need to know, as do women, that the condition will not improve without treatment.
Varicose veins is a condition caused by a venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiently is a malfunction in the one-way valves located in the veins, which help to keep blood flowing in the right direction. When the valves are not functioning as intended, blood can end up flowing backwards, pooling in the branches of your veins. Age and genetics are the two most common causes of this condition.
In the beginning stages, a sufferer may not even be aware of the condition. Varicose veins is one of a wide array of venous insufficiency symptoms which include, restless legs, cramps, swollen ankles, pain, and skin discoloration.
Venous insufficiency is a progressive disease that can result in:
• Debilitating pain
• Loss of sleep
• Loss of interest in exercise and enjoyable activities
• Diminished quality of life
• Venous stasis ulcers that are difficult to treat and heal
Keep in mind that varicose veins may not cause any pain. Signs you may notice with varicose veins include:
• Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
• Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs
When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include:
• An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
• Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
• Itching around one or more of your veins
• Bleeding from varicose veins
• A painful cord in the vein with red discoloration of the skin
• Color changes, hardening of the vein, inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention
Because vein problems get progressively worse, it is best to correct them at the earliest stage possible to eliminate future complications. The best time to seek medical advice is when any symptoms become apparent. The earlier one seeks treatment, the less likely they are to experience negative consequences.
Once any of the symptoms noted become apparent, schedule an appointment at Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center. An expert in our office will examine the veins on your legs and make a personalized
recommendation. While some options are more invasive than others, the overall goal is to rid a patient of unsightly veins and correct potential future vein problems. At Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center, Amish Tilara, M.D. offers compassionate and specialized care for patients who suffer from severe vascular complications, pain due to vascular issues and the inability to perform normal daily activities.
Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center is located in the town of Lawrenceville, GA and serves the surrounding areas of Duluth, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, Snellville, Buford, Dacula and Norcross.
Note: This article is not intended to replace any type of professional medical advice. If you have pain in your legs, are experiencing vascular problems or have questions or concerns about varicose veins, make an appointment at Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center with Amish Tilara, M.D.
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