Varicose veins negatively affect the appearance, and they can also be painful. But how do you know if you have varicose veins? Some of the most common symptoms include:
· Large veins that are visible right underneath your skin’s surface
· Mild swelling in your feet and ankles
· Legs that feel heavy, itch, or are painful
· A throbbing or cramping sensation in your legs
· Discoloration of the skin around the veins
You might see clusters of red veins that sit right underneath your skin’s surface. You may see these veins on your face, on your legs, or in other parts of your body. The veins are going to be red or blue, and they will have a web or a tree branch pattern. It is good to talk to our doctor when you first see these signs. In addition to being symptoms of varicose or spider veins, these can also be symptoms of other very serious problems.
Varicose veins can produce some frustrating complications. Dermatitis or a rash that causes your skin to itch is a possible side effect of these veins. The dermatitis can progress to the point where it causes bleeding in your skin or even ulcers.
Varicose veins can lead to a situation referred to as superficial thrombophlebitis. This is a blood clot that is in your vein. The reason why they are referred to as superficial is because it is something that is very close to the surface of your skin. A blood clot of this sort can cause a whole host of problems, including pain and other difficulties in the affected area.
Once our practitioner identifies varicose veins, she can move forward with providing you with your treatment options. Our doctor is likely going to examine the blood flow in the veins that are affected as well as search for blood clots. The goal is to identify potential complications resulting from your varicose veins and prevent them from having a long-term impact on your life. Varicose veins may be treated with lifestyle changes, or you may require medical procedures.
Thankfully, our vein specialist at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center can work with you to get your varicose veins under control. If you have varicose veins, contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Cincinnati!