Varicose veins in Maryland are more than just unsightly. They can be uncomfortable and point to more serious conditions. But how do you know if you have varicose veins? Here are some of the most common symptoms of Varicose veins.
Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that usually have a purple or blue appearance. They typically occur on the legs and may be lumpy, twisted, or bulging. Other symptoms include:
Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. Tiny valves prevent the blood from flowing backwards. However, if the valves become weak or damaged, the blood can flow backwards and collect in the vein. This leads to enlarged and swollen veins.
Certain conditions increase your chances of developing varicose veins. This includes pregnancy, old age and being overweight. Some people are at an increased risk. Things that increase your risk include:
While your primary care doctor can diagnose varicose veins, it is still recommended that you see a specialist. If you would like to learn more about varicose veins or your options for treatment, please contact the Vein Center of Maryland.