If you are like many people who are putting off addressing vein issues, you should know that there are many common dangers associated if you don’t treat your varicose veins.
In fact, if left untreated, varicose veins can often be a sign of a more serious medical issue such as infection or clotting, and should be addressed immediately.
Below are some signs that your varicose veins need to be treated as soon as possible.
If you have noticed swelling in your legs, it may be a sign that the blood in your varicose veins is pooling quite a bit.
In many cases, leg elevation and compression stockings can provide some relief.
However, if the swelling becomes more persistent, or if you have noticed a change in your skin color or texture, you should reach out to your doctor.
Excessive swelling can lead to changes in the way the skin heals from even the most minor injuries.
This can eventually promote the growth of non-healing leg ulcers which are a sign of serious vein issues.
Due to the pooling nature of blood in varicose veins, if injure yourself you may experience excessive bleeding.
If you have noticed swelling which has become warm to the touch or red in color, you may have an infection and you should treat your varicose veins asap.
Call your doctor immediately for treatment options.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) typically presents with swelling, redness, pain and a warm sensation in the legs.
If you notice these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately to avoid potential risk for a pulmonary embolism or blood clot.
Blood clots affect almost 3% of patients with varicose veins.
Speak wish your doctor about strategies to avoid blood clots due to your vein issues.
If you would like to speak to one of our vein doctors, call (410) 970-2314 to schedule your appointment today!