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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?


Varicose veins are usually bulging, bluish cords that run beneath the surface of the skin. In most cases, they affect your legs and feet. In addition, even though they may be painful and unpleasant to look at, they are usually harmless.

However, varicose veins should not be ignored. They can be a serious concern such as a skin infection or blood clot. Keep in mind; if you have a varicose vein that is painful, it could be serious and should be seen by your doctor.

Symptoms your varicose veins are becoming dangerous

Symptoms that your varicose veins are becoming dangerous are bulging veins in your leg, skin ulcers, skin infection, blood or deep vein thrombosis. There are home remedies you and I can do that help varicose veins such as regular exercise, compression stockings, dietary changes, essential oils, herbal remedies and massages.

Treatments available for varicose and spider veins

When varicose veins become a problem, they are often treated by eliminating the problem veins.

  • Surgery or sclerotherapy is used to close them down or remove them.
  • Sclerotherapy is when an injection of irritating substances is put into the problem vein.
  • This irritates the vein lining and closes them down.
  • In addition, laser or electro-cautery treatments have been used to treat smaller varicose veins.

When surgery is used to treat varicose veins, it is often performed under partial or local anesthesia. It is important to note; spider veins cannot be removed with surgery.

Will there be pain during surgery or sclerotherapy?

Keep in mind; pain during surgery or sclerotherapy varies; it depends on the level of tolerance a person has for pain; the extent of treatments and which parts of the body are treated.

Who provides treatments for varicose and spider veins?

General and vascular surgeons, as well as dermatology surgeons provide treatments for varicose and spider veins. Before deciding on treatment, it may be a good idea to talk with several doctors.

Are there any side effects of spider vein and varicose treatments?

If you choose to have your spider veins surgically removed, there are side effects that occur from most surgeries such as vomiting, nausea, and possible wound infection.

  • Blood clots may also be a side effect.
  • Keep in mind; if you choose sclerotherapy, side effects depend on what kind of substance is used for the injection.
  • If you have allergies, you need to be cautious about this procedure.

What are the benefits of vein treatment?

There are several benefits of vein treatment such as feeling better about how you look, enduring less pain, sleeping better at night and being able to move around more freely without pain. If you are concerned about the cost, most insurance companies pay for this treatment, as long as it can be proven that surgery is needed. Good health is something we all want.

To conclude, varicose veins are often bulging, bluish cords that run beneath the surface of your skin. Talk with your doctor about varicose veins and then choose a treatment method.