10.21.2015

Leg Swelling and Discoloration with Varicose Veins

Varicose veins have many unpleasant symptoms alongside their unsightly appearance. These dark purple and blue veins bulge from underneath the skin, and can attract unwanted attention. They could be a sign of a larger health condition. We’ll cover what they are, symptoms of varicose veins, and the treatment and removal of these veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a memorable sight, even if you never knew the proper name. Large, engorged veins near the surface of the skin in a blend of purple and blue look as if they’ll pop any second. Many people are riddled with varicose veins, and they’re common. There’s almost always more than one inflamed vein, and they can spread and worsen over time. 

They’re weakened valves and walls in your legs that budge under the pressure of blood flow. Healthy veins keep blood circulating from your legs to your heart. When your valves won’t operate as they should, blood will collect in your legs. Over time, pressure builds. The veins will become engorged, weak, and twisted.

How are they diagnosed?

Varicose veins can be diagnosed with the expertise of a vein specialist. An ultrasound, for instance, is a common noninvasive procedure that will help your doctor determine the health of your veins, and what treatment options are available.

Because varicose veins are common, they usually aren’t a problem. But there are exceptions. Varicose veins can be a sign of a blood clots and venous disease. If you suffer from this condition, it’s best to consult a vein specialist.

What are the symptoms?

While some people never experience any symptoms, the most common is leg pain, leg swelling, leg cramps, skin discoloration and leg ulcers. This happens because your veins aren’t circulating blood to your heart as they should. Symptoms can range from mild to serious, and it’s essential to talk to a physician about your conditions.

Other mild symptoms can include pains, itching, heaviness and tiredness in your legs. They can worsen after standing or seating for long periods of time. This is why leg swelling and leg pains tend to worsen over the course of the day; temporary relief can be achieved by elevating your feet.

Removal of varicose veins

While a number of factors decide whether or not you’ll get them, or if you’re more prone to them, there are ways to get rid of them. Luckily, procedures today are affordable, easy, and minimal. Very little risk with the procedure and you can have relief in no time. They’re no longer seen as only a cosmetic procedure, but one that has health benefits, and is a necessity for some.

If you’re seeking treatment, there are several options, including:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation to close off the vein.
  • MOCA (Mechanical Occlusion Chemically Assisted)

It’s important to have all the facts and take action. Contact vein expert Dr. Sassan Kaveh today at (702) 430-7661 to receive a consult on your varicose veins.