If you suffer from varicose veins, you might think the best solution is to wear pants and avoid swimming pools, but the bumpy and knotted veins in your legs are much more than just a cosmetic concern. In fact, if left untreated, varicose veins can lead to several health concerns that could cause you far more discomfort than avoiding bare legs in the summertime.
What are varicose veins?
Caused by a malfunction in the valves in your veins, varicose veins occur when aging veins lose elasticity and your blood can’t flow as easily against gravity in your legs, which leads it to pool and cause your veins to enlarge. The blue coloring is due to deoxygenated blood.
Why should you seek treatment?
- Reduce your vulnerability to injury. Varicose veins stretch your skin, making it very thin and more susceptible to injury and bleeding. An injured varicose vein could lead to significant blood loss.
- Reduce your pain and soreness. Chronic and untreated varicose veins can lead to sores and skin ulcers that are very painful and don’t heal quickly.
- Reduce your risk of blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that occurs when blood clots in a deeper vein. There might be symptoms, such as redness, pain and swelling, but the main concern of deep vein thrombosis is traveling blood clots, which could result in death.
- Improve the appearance of your legs. Yes, it’s a superficial reason, but if you treat your varicose veins, then you can avoid the cosmetic complaints of knotty and bumpy blue veins.
- Insurance might cover your procedure. Since varicose veins are recognized as a medical condition, the treatment is often covered under insurance plans.
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