Cosmetic Issues Associated with Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose veins and spider veins are never a welcome sight. These unsightly monsters can add years to skin that otherwise appears smooth, even, and youthful. Thick and bulging, varicose veins often stick out above the surface of the skin in garish colors ranging from a bruised red to a deep blue.
Although they are smaller and rarely protrude, spider veins are not much better. Spreading out in spindly networks that often resemble cobwebs, these networks of diseased veins can cover large areas of skin.
For cosmetic reasons alone, it is a small wonder that people are increasingly taking advantage of the full range of treatment options that a modern vein doctor can offer.
Medical Issues Associated with Varicose and Spider Veins
Both varicose and spider veins can be signs of a dangerous condition called venous insufficiency. In short, this means that your circuiting blood is failing to return to your heart in a healthy and natural manner, causing an inordinate amount of blood to pool in the lower extremities. In extreme cases, venous insufficiency can lead to loss of limb or even death.
Even varicose and spider veins that don’t present grave health threats can present some extremely unpleasant symptoms. Individuals who are living with these conditions often complain about issues that include:
- Sharp pain along the course of the affected vein
- Localized inflammation/swelling
- Localized itching
- Heavy or restless legs
- Vein tearing and/or bleeding during activities such as shaving
- Sores, wounds, and/or ulcers on the skin
Find a Vein Specialist
If you are concerned about your veins, it’s best to consult with a qualified vein doctor (or phlebologist) as soon as possible. These medical professionals have completed specialized training that goes far above and beyond that of a typical family doctor or general practitioner. In short, vein doctors have added to their general Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees with extensive educational and clinical practice that places you and your diseased veins in the best possible hands. Dr. Robert S. Westrol is both a fellowship-trained, board-certified interventional physician and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
If you are near the greater Greer, South Carolina area and are concerned about varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Westrol today. A skilled and knowledgeable vein treatment and vascular surgery professional is standing by to answer any questions that you might have about your various diagnosis and vein treatment options.