As time goes on, our bodies change. Nature takes over, and we are no longer in control of the ever-changing aspects our body endures. Hormones, genetics, weight gain, age, pregnancy, and trauma are all significant factors that cause varicose veins to develop. Besides their unsightly appearance, many people wonder if varicose veins are harmful to your health. Sadly, most people assume they won’t cause any serious damage to their bodies and let varicose veins go untreated. Venocure believes your health should be number one priority, and we want to keep you informed so you can continue living a healthy lifestyle.
Another article on our site explains varicose veins in depth, but to recap they develop when certain one-way valves are worn out, and vein walls are stretched too thin. Some patients have visited our clinic reporting of little to no pain or discomfort in their legs and have been living with varicose veins for years. We fear that people will continue to leave them untreated and their condition can worsen to potential life-threatening issues.
As difficult as it might be to read, we urge you to read on about the potential conditions if you choose to leave varicose veins alone.
Venous Leg Ulcer
Once varicose veins begin to develop, they tend to result in chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI eventually results in a venous leg ulcer, which is where the area of the skin breaks down and reveals the flesh beneath. Venous leg ulcers proliferate over time and cause discomfort and irritation.
As mentioned, varicose veins break down the skin walls over time causing the varicose veins to surface at the top of the skin. This poses a risk for excessive bleeding at the slightest scrape or scratch.
If a patient is experiencing leg tenderness and difficulty to move and even relax, they could be suffering from hardening leg tissues known as Lipodermatosclerosis. This happens when the leg tissues are left inflamed for a long period of time. Sufferers may even notice skin discoloration and a tapering of the legs above the ankles.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Similar to the other problems that varicose veins lead to, DVT symptoms are typically swelling, pain, a feeling of warmth and redness or slight discoloration. The scariest part of DVT is that it can occur without any noticeable symptoms. So, to reiterate the importance of seeking medical attention, pulmonary embolisms are very common when DVT complicates into a life-threatening condition. Bottom line, see a doctor immediately.
On a positive note, every bit of these conditions are treatable. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, then we highly encourage you to contact us today for an evaluation. Venocure will assess your condition and determine which treatment is best. Our doctors are highly accredited varicose vein specialists that can resolve any type of venous disease. We don’t want any patient to feel ashamed or embarrassed of the unpleasant sight of their veins. The amount of people that suffer from this condition is more common than you may realize. Please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a consultation; our specialists are more than happy to help you resolve your condition, no matter the severity.