Varicose veins can have a negative impact on your life for more than one reason. They can hurt the appearance, sometimes enough that the individual’s self-esteem suffers. They can also create health risks, and they can cause uncomfortable symptoms. If you have varicose veins, you should have them evaluated so that you can make an informed decision regarding treatment options.
Visible signs of varicose veins include large, blue streaks that run through the legs. These streaks are caused by the enlarged blood vessels that have become varicose. Inside the veins are devices that are there to act as one-way check valves. Their purpose is to allow the blood to flow in only the right direction, which is toward the heart and lungs. The veins have the job of returning the blood back to the lungs for a fresh supply of oxygen after the arteries have delivered it throughout the body. Because the blood must often be pumped against the force of gravity to get it from the legs to the lungs, these valves are critical for preventing a backwards flow between beats of the heart.
If the valves begin to fail, the blood can start to back up inside the veins. This will cause it to pool. The pooling will, in turn, cause pressure to build up against the vessel walls. They will become enlarged as a result. When this happens, the individual ends up with a case of varicose veins.
Varicose veins happen almost exclusively in the legs. In addition to their visibility through the skin from the discoloration, they can often cause the skin to bulge out as well. The bulging can resemble small pieces of rope under the skin. With the combination of the blue streaks and the bulging skin, many people have difficulty dealing with the cosmetic impact of varicose veins.
Some people also have uncomfortable symptoms that are caused by their vascular condition. Varicose veins can, at times, be painful. They cause constant or periodic aching of the legs. Sometimes, this is accompanied by a feeling of tiredness or heaviness.
Varicose veins can also cause symptoms like numbness, itching or tingling of the legs, especially in the area where the problem veins are located. Many people also experience swelling too. It usually takes place in the lower part of the legs and around the ankles. Individuals who are on their feet for extended periods of time frequently notice that these symptoms tend to get worse later in the day. Those who must remain seated in stationary postures for long periods are more likely to suffer these symptoms as well.
If you are having signs and symptoms of varicose veins, there are effective treatments available at Delta Laser & Skin Care Centre for smaller varicose veins, as well as spider veins. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Delta or Burnaby.