What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

The,Concept,Of,Varicose,Disease,And,Medicine.,The,Woman,Sits Any veins that are close to the surface of your skin can become varicose. When veins become varicose, they appear twisted and enlarged. Varicose veins most often appear on the legs because of the pressure on the veins when you stand and walk. In many cases, varicose veins are not painful and are more of a cosmetic concern. However, some people experience pain and other symptoms.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

If you have varicose veins, they may be dark purple or blue and may look like cords on your legs (bulging). They can be painful for some people. The pain may be an ache, or your legs might feel heavy. Other symptoms of varicose veins may include:

  • Burning feeling
  • Throbbing
  • Swelling in the lower legs
  • Cramping muscles
  • Pain that gets worse after you sit or stand for a long time
  • Changes in skin color around the varicose veins
  • Itching around one or more of the varicose veins

Some people may have spider veins, which are closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. Spider veins are often red, purple, or blue.

Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not curable, but they can be treated. In general, there are two ways to treat varicose veins. You can change your lifestyle and wear compression stockings, or you can receive corrective treatments, such as sclerotherapyendovenous laser therapy, or ambulatory phlebectomy.

The amount of time it takes for treatments to work depends on each person. The treatments can work quickly on some or take two or more treatments on others. Treatment time also depends on the type of treatment recommended. It is best to discuss your treatment plan with our specialists so that you know what to expect at every stage of the process.

Where to Find Treatment for Varicose Veins in Fredericksburg, VA

If you have varicose veins and would like to explore the available treatment options, contact our team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia today. We have extensive experience helping individuals in Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, Fairfax, and the surrounding areas in Virginia achieve favorable results with trusted and effective treatments. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation by calling 703-763-5224.

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