If you are like millions of other people, you may suffer from varicose veins in your legs. Many people feel so uncomfortable with the varicose veins and how they look that they choose to live life in long pants and decide not to swim in a bathing suit. Although you may feel self-conscious about your varicose veins, they are often more than just a cosmetic issue.
Varicose veins generally appear on your legs and present themselves as bulging, bluish veins that run under the surface of your skin. While relatively common, women are twice as likely than men to develop them. They are generally a family trait, but other risk factors include being sedentary for long periods, being overweight, as well as age and pregnancy.
There are some ways that your veins can affect you that you may not even realize. Varicose veins can be detrimental to your health, and there are several ways treatment can help you.
- It is about more than your looks
Many times, these veins in your legs are just a cosmetic issue. They bulge outwards and can only make you feel as though your legs are unsightly. However, they are very often a sign that you have something else going on in your body, a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. This causes the blood to get backed up in the vein instead of flowing like it is supposed to the heart. If you wait to see a doctor for varicose veins, the issue can get worse, and significant issues can happen because of it.
- You start experiencing pain
If your leg with varicose veins starts to feel heavy, ache, or are painful, then it is time to see your doctor. Especially if they begin to feel worse after you have been standing, sitting, or moving throughout the day, also, when the varicose veins become inflamed, they can be tender to the touch and hinder circulation through your legs. The inflammation can cause swollen ankles, itchy skin, and aching in the affected leg.
- Your skin starts to change
A varicose vein that is left untreated can start to damage the skin around the vein. If you begin to notice the surrounding skin starts to itch or get irritated, if it starts to change color or get rough, then that is a sign that your veins need to get treated. If left untreated, these veins can even lead to severe sores and leathery skin.
- You start losing sleep
You may be able to go all day and all night and not even notice your veins at all or feel them causing any symptoms to you at all, that is until you go to lay down for the night. Once you elevate your legs after lying down for bed, your legs may start cramping or start feeling restless. This restless leg syndrome can be treated with medication but can be taken care of entirely if you take care of the veins.
- Treatment is fast and painless
Despite what many people believe, it can be more painful and uncomfortable to live with the veins then it would be to get them treated. Today’s surgical technology means that procedures can be done quickly and painlessly and get you back to enjoying you normal everyday life
A Final Thought
There is no reason not to get your veins treated. Getting them taken care of by a medical professional could mean that you get your comfort, your freedom, and your life back once again.