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Understanding the Dangers of Varicose Veins

February 22, 2013

Varicose veins are oversized veins that usually form on the legs. They can range in color from red to blue to flesh-colored, and they resemble twisted cords bulging from under the surface of the skin. Due to their unpleasant appearance, they are often considered a cosmetic problem. However, they should be not be taken lightly, because they can cause pain and lead to serious conditions.

Here are some of the conditions that may result from varicose veins:

  • Bleeding: When varicose veins become swollen, the skin above them will become thinner and more vulnerable to injury. Injury to the veins can result in significant blood loss. 
  • Sores and skin ulcers: Chronic backward blood flow in varicose veins may lead to sores or skin ulcers, which can be very painful and difficult to heal. In some cases, they will not heal until normal blood flow is restored.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis: Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to the formation of blood clot in a vein located just beneath the skin. Symptoms of this condition include redness on the skin, and warm and firm vein. Swelling and pain may also occur sometimes.
  • Deep vein thrombosis: As the term suggests, deep vein thrombosis means the clotting of blood in a deeper vein. This condition can cause redness, warmth, swelling, and pain, as well as a “pulling” sensation in the calf, or it may not have any symptom at all. It can result in death if the blood clot ends up in the lungs.

It is important that you seek treatment before your varicose veins lead to serious conditions. Our doctors have extensive experience dealing with varicose veins, and they can recommend the right treatment method for you.
Varicose Veins Infographic