Vein disease is a problem that affects an overwhelming amount of people. More than 80 million people in the United States alone. The signs of varicose and spider veins can be elusive, especially in younger sufferers, but there are several telltale symptoms and risk factors to be aware of. Keeping these symptoms and risk factors in mind is vital because vein disease can have serious consequences like deep vein thrombosis or venous leg ulcers.
If you think you might be experiencing vein disease in any form or stage, it is important to seek the guidance of a board certified venous and lymphatic physician. The board certification means that they are well versed in every aspect of vein disease and trained to use the most effective tools and treatments available today.
Symptoms of Vein Disease
- Visible varicose veins or spider veins in the lower legs and ankles.
- Swelling of legs and/or ankles
- Many patients believe or have been told that they have leg swelling for other reasons. For 1/3 of these people it may not be true.
- Tired, achy legs, heaviness, fatigue, leg cramps
- Scaly, itchy rashes and thickening of the skin
- Slow or non-healing wounds on the legs
- Darkening of the skin on the legs
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Loss of hair in the lower legs
Risk Factors for Vein Disease
- Family history of vein disease
- Multiple Pregnancies
- Work conditions like extended periods of standing or sitting
- Sports-related injuries
For many unfortunate reasons, there is a widespread disbelief in the severity of these diseases and their symptoms. Don’t be fooled, vein disease is serious and extremely prevalent. Putting off treatment can only worsen the situation, so if you believe you are at risk for or are experiencing symptoms of vein disease, contact a board certified vein expert today!