Despite the overwhelming prevalence of vein disease, there is a serious lack of understanding about its symptoms and treatment.
It is arguable that the most harmful misconception about vein disease is that it is a cosmetic concern rather than a legitimate disease. This misconception lends it self to many of the myths in circulation about vein disease, including the idea that there is no ned to seek treatment for problems like varicose or spider veins unless they cause physical pain.
Varicose veins are a sign of vascular insufficiency and compromise and can lead to worsening pain and swelling or tired and achy legs. Without treatment, those suffering from varicose veins are likely to experience continuing pain, fatigue, and swelling of the legs and ankles. 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.
DVT is an especially serious symptom. If left undiagnosed, the thrombosis may eventually block the entire vein and endanger the health of the leg. Alternatively, a piece of the blockage, called an embolism, may break off and travel to the lung causing chest pain and difficulty breathing or even threaten life.
ABOUT ILLINOIS VEIN SPECIALISTS
At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.