My legs look like that!

Vein disease is an extremely common occurrence in women and men. It occurs due to a variety of risk factors such as heredity, smoking, older age, hormonal changes, pregnancy and occupations that require sitting or standing for extended periods. How do you know if you’re suffering from vein disease? Often, learning how to recognize this progressive disease is the first step. In today’s post, we are going to discuss what spider veins, varicose veins and venous insufficiency in your legs look like.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are easily seen on the surface of the skin. These small capillary veins are blue, red, or purple thin lines. Spider veins look like small spider
webs, and can appear in clusters. They are found most commonly on the legs, but can also be seen on our hands, nose, cheeks, and arms. Spider veins can be cosmetic but are usually a sign of deeper vein disease beneath the surface.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are also a symptom of vein disease. These veins will appear large and twisted, swollen, blue or purple and sometimes flesh colored. Varicose veins have a number of unpleasant symptoms like pain, swelling, itching, leg fatigue and heaviness. Family history of vein disease means you have a higher chance of developing varicose veins. Vein disease causes the valves and walls of veins to weaken and stop functioning correctly, blood flow runs backwards and fills the vein with excess blood causing them to stretch and bulge. If
you have varicose veins, you may also notice skin discoloration or red, dry patches of skin. Varicose veins can also grow larger over time.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) occurs when vein walls and valves in the veins of the legs fail to function properly. Blood is not being circulated from the legs back to the heart.

Blood has the difficult task of flowing upward in the leg to reach the heart. The valves in veins and calf muscles in healthy legs support blood flow up the leg. With CVI, blood pools in the veins of the legs and causes swelling. CVI the leading contributing factor of spider and varicose veins but can
cause a variety of other symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as symptoms of other diseases.

Symptoms of CVI include:

red, itchy venous eczema on the skin

swelling of the legs or ankles

pain that gets worse after sitting or standing

cramping in the legs

aching or throbbing in legs

fatigued and/or weak legs

thickening of the skin

skin that is changing color, especially around the ankles

leg ulcers

If the photos of CVI, spider veins, or varicose veins look like your legs, or if you’ve experienced one or multiple symptoms associated with vein disease, visit Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas. Dr. Sassan Kaveh is a physician and vein specialist beloved by his patients. Dr. Kaveh is highly trained in the most up to date vein treatments including radiofrequency ablation. He is one of the only physicians in Nevada who can perform the ClariVein procedure, the newest and most minimally invasive treatment of vein disease in the legs. Call Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas today at (702) 430-7661 to schedule an evaluation and take the first step to finally rid yourself of unsightly, painful veins. Our caring staff is here to answer any questions you may have.

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