The development of varicose veins can make you feel self-conscious due to the twisting and bulging appearance they make. However, varicose veins do not just present a superficial issue; they can also present medical complications. Not treating varicose veins pain can create a variety of dangers that could have been avoided. Here are those possible complications: Leg Swelling As vein disease advances untreated swelling of the leg occurs. You may experience a tightening sensation in your leg as it swells and becomes heavier and puffy. More severe cases may even prevent your shoes from fitting and the skin putting out a yellowish fluid, called lymphorhea.
As mentioned, painful varicose veins can cause leg swelling that can in time create changes to your skin tissue. These changes can reduce your skin’s ability to heal, leading to skin ulcers.
Leg swelling can also complicate how your body defends itself from outside infections. Our skin is host to a variety of bacteria that is typically not dangerous, but once it gets into our bodies, it can cause a condition called cellulitis. Infected patients may experience increased swelling, redness, and warmth that can only be treated with medication.
Individuals with varicose veins pain will notice that more blood than usual will be pooling right under your skin. Significant bleeding can occur if the skin tissue is broken in this area or lead to greater bruising.
More severe cases of painful varicose veins may lead to blood clotting in the vein. The impacted area may become even more sensitive to pain and the vein will harden.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
The greatest danger to individuals with painful varicose veins is the development of deep vein thrombosis. This condition sees blood clots develop in the impacted vein; if the blood clot breaks off from the vein you may be at risk fora life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Preventing Varicose Vein Pain
Treating your varicose veins at the first sign of symptoms can help you prevent these significant complications from developing. Simple at-home remedies such as wearing compression sleeves and elevating your affected limb can also prevent these conditions from developing further.
Varicose Vein Treatment from the Laser Vein Center
If you believe you are at risk for varicose veins, contact the Laser Vein Center right away. Our highly trained staff, led by Dr. Wright, has years of experience in treating this common vein disease and can show you what options are available to you. Call today for your free consultation at the Laser Vein Center.