You may think that spider or varicose veins in your legs are unsightly but nothing to really worry about. However, beyond cosmetic reasons, there are reasons to be concerned about leg veins. Vein disorders can be quite serious – here are 6 signs that it is time to see a specialist about your veins.
It may be time to see a doctor if:
- Your legs are swollen. Swelling is a very common symptom for varicose vein conditions, and it can occur on one or both sides of the body.
- Your skin is constantly itchy. This can be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency, which can be caused by blood pooling in your legs and can lead to serious circulatory system problems.
- Your varicose veins are bleeding. If this happens, lie down, raise the leg that is bleeding, and apply pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, get help immediately.
- You are in constant pain. Of course, no one wants to be in pain, so you are probably already considering an appointment with your doctor. Exercise can help prevent pain from vein problems (always check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen), but if this isn’t helping or you aren’t able to exercise, your doctor can help you to find a solution that can work for you.
- Your veins are discolored. This could mean that your blood is pooling in your legs instead of going back to the heart. It could also be a sign of a vascular disease, aside from varicose and spider veins.
- Your legs are always causing you discomfort. If your legs constantly feel like they are burning, throbbing, or heavy, it can be a sign that you should see your doctor (besides the fact that a vein doctor can probably find a way to get you some relief).
Having leg veins may be more than just a cosmetic issue – they can indicate a serious problem with your vascular system. If you notice any of the above signs, it may be time to make an appointment with Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary. Contact the office in Glendale, Arizona, for an appointment, at (623) 258-3255.