The sight of varicose veins on your body is enough to alarm anyone. No one likes them, and for many, they are simply a part of life.
In fact, they are so common that approximately 23% of adults living in the US are reported to have them somewhere on their body. There are a number of varicose veins treatment options available today to reduce their appearance, but when should an individual genuinely worry about the presence of varicose veins on their body?
According to a recent study, it seems to suggest that there is a possible link between varicose veins and more serious health issues related to blood clots for those who have deeper veins on their legs.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Essentially, varicose veins develop when small valves in the veins become weak. As the veins become damaged and cannot accommodate the usual blood flow, they swell as the blood pools. This then results in the twisted, swollen appearance that is quite visible to the eye. Often, these veins will then turn blue or purple in appearance and bulge out from underneath the skin. People who stand for extended periods on a routine basis are particularly prone to developing varicose veins in their legs.
Varicose veins can also have symptoms associated with them, such as:
- Burning or throbbing sensations
- Muscle cramps, particularly at night or times when you’re lying down
- Swelling of the feet and/or ankles
- Dryness and itchy skin, particularly in the area where the varicose veins
When Should I Start Worrying About My Varicose Veins?
Obviously, varicose veins are not desirable, and they can cause an individual much frustration. Luckily, there are some preventative measures that you can take in terms of self-care and at-home treatment, such as elevating your legs regularly, routine exercise and compression leggings.
While these self-care methods are intended for managing existing varicose veins, it is crucial for you to assess your varicose veins regularly. If you are applying these methods, and it seems that the state of your varicose veins is becoming worse, it is vital that you consult your physician so that they can properly address the issue.
You are at an increased risk of developing varicose veins if you happen to fall into any of the categories listed below:
- Others in your family have varicose veins
- You’re currently overweight
- You’re pregnant (these often subside postpartum)
- You’re taking hormone replacement therapy
- You take birth control on a regular basis
In rare cases, there are complications associated with varicose veins, including ulcers, blood clots, and bleeding if the vein should burst through the skin.
What Varicose Vein Removal Options Are Available?
Licensed and experienced medical professionals can offer you successful varicose veins treatment options. Varicose vein removal is done through a procedure known as microphlebectomy (also referred to as ambulatory phlebectomy). This minimally invasive outpatient procedure boasts beautiful results, and it works to remove the bulging varicose veins near the skin’s surface.
Many insurance companies are willing to cover the cost of the procedure as it is deemed by many as a medical necessity for the treatment of painful varicose veins. Call our office today to see how we can erase your varicose veins once and for all.