Vein disease consequences include both medical complications and cosmetic concerns. At the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, we can treat issues like varicose and spider veins to eliminate the unsightly appearance of these veins and prevent serious health consequences. Both types of veins are often caused by venous insufficiency, a condition that makes it difficult for blood to flow from the legs back to the heart.
Spider veins and varicose veins both refer to gnarled and enlarged veins that often occur in the legs. While spider veins are usually primarily a cosmetic concern, they can sometimes develop into more severe varicose veins, leading to symptoms such as aching, burning, throbbing, cramping, or swelling sensations that often worsen after standing or sitting for long time periods. However, those experiencing swelling and pain can find relief with treatment for varicose and spider veins.
In some cases, varicose veins can indicate serious vascular disease. Immediate medical treatment is required if you experience vein hardening, inflammation, or color change in the affected area.
Venous Skin Ulcers
Venous insufficiency can also lead to skin ulcerations. These shallow wounds are slow to heal and often recur, sometimes leading to infection. Venous ulcers are more common among women, those older than age 60, obese, and who have had previous leg injuries. In addition to the pain associated with these wounds, they can lead to cellulitis, osteomyelitis, and malignant change if they are left untreated.
Chronic Venous Disease
This is an umbrella term that includes vascular issues such as varicose veins and venous insufficiency as well as other problems with venous circulation. Left untreated, the issues associated with the chronic venous disease tend to worsen. This can cause life-threatening conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, as well as ongoing irritation, swelling, sores, and painful rashes.