Venous disease is progressive and not curable; however, it can and should be controlled. If vein diseases go untreated, it can lead to more severe medical conditions. People who suffer from varicose veins are far more likely to develop more advanced symptoms of vein disease, especially if attention is not paid to this common vein issue. Many people consider varicose veins merely a cosmetic issues, without knowing that they can develop into far more serious conditions.
Venous Disease Symptoms / Stages
Venous disease will usually progress through several stages, with each increasing in seriousness:
• Spider Veins
• Varicose Veins
• Swelling / Pain
As the disease progresses, it is common that pain and swelling will increase, especially if long periods of time are spent standing. Itchiness and cramping are also associated with this stage of venous disease. Chronic swelling can put you at risk for cellulitis, which is a serious bacterial skin infection. The risk of developing phlebitis is also higher.
Skin changes can happen during most of the different stages of venous disease. One sign of advancing venous disease is brown discoloration on the skin. This can then lead to white spots, which is a precursor to the more serious skin ulcers.
This is a definite sign of advanced venous disease. Tissue can become more damaged as larger areas are affected by the pooling blood caused by the faulty valves in the veins. The subsequent ulcers are chronic and will not heal on there own.
More Serious Conditions
Superficial Thrombophlebitis: This is when a clot develops near the skin’s surface. This can lead to additional clots and painful swelling that can take weeks to heal after treatment.
Deep Vein Thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious, life-threatening condition caused by a clot in a deep vein that moves through the bloodstream to cause an embolism—an often-fatal condition.
As you can see, it is important that vein disease is evaluated and properly treated to avoid additional complications. At St. Louis Laser Vein Center, Dr. Thomas Wright and his staff are vein specialists and are here to properly diagnose and treat your individual case. Please call us for a consultation to help you get your vein issues treated and under control.
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