When Varicose Veins Go From Aesthetically Unpleasing to Dangerous

Aesthetic V. Dangerous 


Many factors can lead to the formation of varicose veins. Risk factors include age, multiple pregnancies, genetic history, obesity, or if you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time. Some varicose veins are superficial and do not present any serious adverse complications. People may have them treated for aesthetic reasons. On the other side of the spectrum, varicose veins can grow to be very large and painful, eventually affecting your everyday life. How do you know it’s time to see a doctor about your varicose veins?


When To Seek Treatment 


Some of the most common symptoms of varicose veins aren’t necessary signs of anything life threatening. Moreover, many patients display bulging veins in their legs that cause immense embarrassment. While a cosmetic issue isn’t life-threatening, it can really affect a person’s confidence and overall enjoyment of life. Many people living with varicose veins who haven’t reached out to their healthcare professionals treat their condition with compression socks and over-the-counter pain medication for the occasional discomfort they may experience. However, you should see your doctor if you start experiencing aching, swelling, throbbing, burning, increased pain, or skin discoloration. These could be symptoms that something more serious is going on such as deep vein thrombosis. 


More Serious Conditions 


Although deep vein thrombosis can be asymptomatic, people that are experiencing it usually have pain, discoloration, or warmth in their legs. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms deep within your leg(s). This can become dangerous if the clot releases and travels up through your bloodstream to your lungs or heart. If the clot gets lodged in your lungs it could block the blood flow. This is also called a pulmonary embolism, and it is a life threatening condition. You should go to the doctor immediately if you are feeling a sudden shortness of breath, chest pain while breathing, dizziness, lightheadedness, or coughing up blood.


Explore Your Treatment Options for Varicose Veins


Hopefully you will never have to experience any of the dangerous side effects of varicose veins, and you may be able to self-treat them with compression stockings or exercise in the beginning stages. However, if you aren’t satisfied with how your varicose veins look or feel, Dr. Eston Wenger offers a variety of minimally invasive treatment options. If you want to improve your quality of life and feel confident wearing shorts again, then call his office at (423)482-5423.