Nobody Likes Varicose Veins
If you are having issues with varicose veins, you know just how problematic they can be. First of all, nobody really likes the way that they look. Dark, spindly, and often bulging, varicose veins can visually add years if not decades to legs that would otherwise appear young, smooth, and unblemished. Secondly, varicose vein sufferers can often experience significant pain, throbbing, and discomfort along and around affected veins. And lastly, because varicose veins are caused by pooling blood due to weakened intravenous valves, the condition is a prime indicator of venous insufficiency (or lack of adequate blood flow). Severe cases of venous insufficiency can lead to serious medical conditions and, in certain instances, can lead to loss of limb and even death.
When to Seek Treatment
Because of the serious implications detailed above, individuals suffering from varicose veins are encouraged to seek medical advice as soon as possible. This is particularly true if your varicose veins appear over a relatively short period of time and without the presence of commonly related conditions such as rapid weight gain and pregnancy. You should also seek professional attention immediately if you experience one or more of the following symptoms in relation to your varicose veins:
- Sharp pain
- Inflammation or swelling of the calf or leg
- Discoloration or ulceration of the skin
- Vein tearing and/or bleeding during activities such as shaving
- Open wounds, sores, or ulcers on the skin
Find a Phlebology Specialist
To determine whether your varicose veins require essential treatment, consult with a qualified vein doctor or a specialist in phlebology (a phlebologist). With a focus in vein health that goes far above and beyond any family doctor or general practitioner, a phlebologist has the specific medical expertise to diagnose and treat varicose veins. In addition to holding a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), a vein doctor has typically completed specialized training and extensive clinical practice in the field of vein medicine.
A vein doctor is in a unique position to handle your venous issues with the utmost care and efficiency. No matter how serious your condition might be, the first step to ensuring proper vein health is to seek the advice of a qualified professional.
Contact Dr. Chris Pittman and Vein 911 today. A skilled and knowledgeable medical representative is standing by to answer any questions that you might have about varicose veins.