More than half of the Americans over the age of 50 suffer from varicose veins. These veins pose both cosmetic and health concerns for many. Vein and Body Specialists is located in Bellevue and serves Sandusky, Fremont, and Norwalk, Ohio with the very best in venous care. Our team of board-certified radiologists and specialists know just how pervasive venous disorders can be, and we’re truly here to help. If you have varicose veins, contact us today.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Most common in women, varicose veins are the deeper, more serious versions of spider veins. Varicose veins are often thick, ropey veins that can be seen above the skin’s surface, usually on the legs. These cord-like veins can be red, blue or flesh-colored and are often troublesome in both appearance and physicality. Varicose veins can cause pain, heaviness, swelling, restlessness and even ulcers.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Like most venous conditions and symptoms, varicose veins can develop for a number of reasons. These reasons include:
- Taking birth control pills or hormonal medications
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
Varicose veins can result in serious health issues if left untreated. This condition can lead to the following:
- Ulcers that are difficult to heal or resistant to treatment
- Sores which will not heal
- Thrombophlebitis, or a blood clot beneath skin’s surface, characterized by pain and swelling
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be fatal if a pulmonary embolism occurs
When Should I Get Treatment For Varicose Veins?
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms of varicose veins, come in as soon as possible for a consultation. These more significant symptoms are signs that your varicose veins may be contributing to a greater vein disease or condition:
- Discoloration of the skin
- Bleeding from the varicose vein
- Thick or leathery skin on the foot or ankle
- Throbbing or pain severe enough to disrupt daily activities
- Vein is tender to the touch or has swollen
- A rash is apparent, or a sore will not heal
How Can I Help My Varicose Veins?
There is no way to prevent or get rid of varicose veins at home. However, you can help minimize the symptoms of varicose veins by doing the following:
- Wearing compression stockings
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Leg exercises such as calf muscle pumping
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Avoid crossing your legs often
What Is The Treatment For Varicose Veins?
Even if you experience no symptoms from your varicose veins, we urge you to come in for a consultation. Using specialized technology, we can determine the severity of your varicose veins and recommend personalized treatments to take care of any present or future conditions as a result. We commonly suggest one of the following treatments for our patients with varicose veins:
- Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- Injection Sclerotherapy (Non-Foam)
- Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
- Compression Stockings
- Calf Muscle Pump Exercises
If you have varicose veins, contact us today for a consultation. The board-certified radiologists at Vein and Body Specialists will evaluate your symptoms and choose a varicose vein treatment plan just for you. Located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio, we look forward to helping you look and feel your best.