Vein disease is often associated with lymphatic disease, which is one of the reasons the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine was formed. This association comes, in part, from the prevalence of leg swelling as a symptom.
There are currently more than 80 million people suffering from venous disease in the United States alone. Vein diseases like varicose and spider veins are often thought of as solely cosmetic concerns, but the truth is that without treatment they can lead to continued side effects and severe problems. Symptoms like pain, fatigue, and swelling are common, and in more serious situations patients can develop Edema (an excess of watery fluid collecting in the leg tissue), Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the leg), and even venous ulcers.
While there are many physicians offering various forms of varicose and spider vein treatment, only few have the required credentials to properly diagnose and effectively treat your venous insufficiency. As varicose vein treatment has now become one of the newest sub-specialties in medicine newer accreditations and certifications have been created in order to qualify as a trained vein specialist.
When is the best time to get you varicose or spider veins treated?
Varicose veins - those unsightly bulging things protruding from the sides of your legs - are often an annoyance and almost always require treatment. Knowing that you may need treatment for your spider or varicose veins is certainly a start in the right direction; but when is the best time to actually have them treated?