Varicose veins and other forms of vein disease are common enough problems — many millions of people in the US have either spider or varicose veins, or a more complicated form of vein disease. Depending on the severity of the condition, vein treatment might never be needed. Some people are able to cope with or manage vein problems without working with a vascular surgeon. But, in other cases, treatment is the best thing, to keep the condition from advancing or to minimize any discomfort you feel.
Why Treat Vein Disease
1. You Feel Self-Conscious About Your Varicose or Spider Veins
Even if your vein disease is causing you no other problems, if you feel embarrassed by or self-conscious about your veins, it can be worth speaking with a vein doctor to learn more about treatment options. There’s no need to restrict yourself to wearing long pants in the heat of summer when you want to wear shorts or a skirt.
2. The Veins Are Causing You Pain
Although it’s possible for varicose veins not to cause pain, in some circumstances, the veins can cause a dull ache in your legs or make your legs feel heavy. Some people feel itchy while others notice swelling or throbbing. You might also feel pain more acutely when you sit for long periods or after standing still for some time. Even a mild pain in the legs can be enough to disrupt your everyday lift, making it worth your while to seek treatment.
3. Lifestyle Changes Aren’t Helping
Often, a doctor will recommend making certain changes to your lifestyle and habits before you consider medical treatment. For example, if your varicose veins are connected to you being overweight, losing some or all of the excess weight can occasionally help or can at least keep the veins from becoming worse. Other changes, such as exercise, not wearing binding clothing, and not sitting with your legs crossed, can occasionally help, too. But, if making changes to your lifestyle doesn’t have an effect, medical treatment can be the best option.
4. You Notice Bleeding, Clots, or Ulcers
Sometimes, varicose veins can develop complications that need medical treatment. For example, veins that are close to the surface of the skin might burst, causing bleeding. There’s also a chance that the veins will form a clot, either deep in the legs or superficially, which can put you at risk for serious medical problems. Some people develop ulcers on their skin as a result of varicose veins, particularly if the veins cause itching. Although complications associated with varicose veins are rare, they are all signs that you should see a vein doctor as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about your veins at all, either because of their appearance or because they are causing you discomfort, make an appointment for a vein screening at United Vein Centers in Tampa, Florida, today.