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When do Varicose Veins Become Dangerous?

When do Varicose Veins Become Dangerous?

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


The presence of varicose veins means that you have veins that are no longer capable of doing their job. While the most common symptoms include fatigue, swelling, itchiness, and varying levels of pain or discomfort in your extremities, more serious instances can, and do, occur. That’s why seeking medical help from a board-certified vein specialist, such as Illinois Vein Specialists, is so important. If you experience any symptoms, especially painful ones, we recommend addressing them as soon as possible to avoid problems.

So when exactly do varicose veins become dangerous? To be sure that you don’t develop serious complications, varicose veins present danger as soon as you start feeling pain.

Pain is a signal that something is not right. While the pain may start off small, over time it can get worse and result in new, more serious complications. Some complications include skin ulcers, extreme swelling, bleeding, and infection. Thrombophlebitis (blood clotting) is more common in people with varicose veins and can lead to deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is a very serious condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid pulmonary embolisms. If you feel any pain from your varicose veins or you notice that the area around it is red, warm, or feels hard or swollen, contact a vein specialist as soon as possible.

To avoid developing serious conditions, we recommend getting your varicose veins treated early. Some people may never experience pain, but it’s always better to address the problem before it gets worse. Seeing a specialist will help reduce your overall discomfort and eliminate any cosmetic concerns. Remember that severe instances of varicose veins are extremely dangerous and can be fatal when left untreated. To make sure that you don’t let your varicose veins become dangerous, treat them with a board-certified vein specialist like Illinois Vein Specialists. We use a small laser to target your varicose veins so they’re absorbed back into your body. After which, your blood flow is redirected to other, healthier veins and your symptoms, and the risk of dangerous complications, will disappear.


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