Knowing when to see a vein specialist can be challenging. The problem is that most people don't even realize they have a vein problem and don't take the necessary steps to seek treatment. We will discuss the signs you may need vein treatment.
1. Painful and Swollen Veins
Pain and swelling are some of the first signs of a problem with your veins. If you notice your legs becoming swollen, achy, or painful, it's time to seek treatment.
2. Skin Changes
Pay attention to the condition of your skin. A common symptom of vein problems is discoloration, itching, and dryness in the affected area. The skin may also begin to thin, making it more susceptible to injuries and even bleeding. These visible changes are difficult to ignore and indicate an underlying vein problem.
3. Fatigue and Restlessness
Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, occurs in people with vein conditions and can cause discomfort, tingling, and cramps in the legs. Vein problems lead to poor nocturnal blood circulation, leading to discomfort and sometimes irresistible urges to move your legs. During the day, fatigue can set in because of decreased blood flow.
4. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins become weak, allowing blood to pool and collect in the veins. The result is swollen and visible veins that are blue or purple, appearing predominantly on the legs. Varicose veins can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, but they can also cause pain and lead to serious health problems if left untreated.
5. Spider Veins
Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that appear near the surface of the skin. Although typically not harmful, they can be a sign of an underlying issue with your veins. These veins can appear blue, red, or purple and are commonly seen on the legs or face. Spider veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins, which can cause blood to back up and pool.
6. Ulcers and Open Wounds
Advanced stages of vein problems can lead to the development of ulcers and open wounds. These wounds are slow to heal, and the skin around them may become dry, scaly, and discolored. The wounds can be open sores that are shallow or deep and may be located on the lower leg. They are painful, uncomfortable, and take time to heal.
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Vein problems can be detrimental to your everyday life and health. Early diagnosis and treatment of vein problems can help prevent long-term health risks such as deep vein thrombosis or arterial diseases. If you experience symptoms such as leg pain, skin changes, fatigue, or varicose veins, it's time to take action.
Founded in 2006, Albert Vein Institute has become Colorado’s “platinum standard” for vein care, receiving national recognition for ongoing excellence. Devoted exclusively to the care of venous issues, Albert Vein Institute has treated thousands of patients. James D. Albert, M.D., RPVI, FAVLS, is a national expert on venous disease and has published more than 60 articles in major medical journals.
Schedule your consultation with our Colorado Springs and Lone Tree vein specialists. Contact us in Colorado Springs at (719) 888-3227 and in Lone Tree at (303) 857-5111.