Vein disease often goes undetected or ignored in its early stages. The symptoms are bearable and we’re too busy to schedule a doctor’s appointment. We understand; a little soreness or unsightliness never hurt anybody, right? However, at our vein center on New Jersey, our vein doctors must remind our patients that these symptoms indicate only the early stages of vein disease. We encourage our patients to learn about all the stages of vein disease to better understand when they or their loved ones need treatment.
Stage 1 – Spider Veins
Spider veins appear as a web of jagged, discolored veins near the surface of our skin. Symptoms include itching, burning, or aching around the veins, and soreness after prolonged periods of standing.
Stage 2 – Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are the cousins of spider veins. They appear upraised from the skin as bulging, discolored veins. We may experience leg weakness or soreness, as well as greater pain after prolonged periods of standing.
Stage 3 – Leg Edema
Varicose veins are soon accompanied by leg edema, or swelling, around the ankles. The causes of vein disease can also cause an accumulation of fluid in the tissues under the skin. You would now experience greater discomfort while standing.
Stage 4 – Skin Changes
Skin on the legs will discolor as well. It may become thinner, more easily bruised, and assume a reddish-brownish hue. Injuries to the skin may take longer to heal.
Stages 5 and 6 – Healed or Active Ulceration
At this stage, leg ulcers will appear on your skin. Leg ulcers often become chronic wounds because the severely diseased veins have not been removed. They are very painful, easily infected, and take a long time to heal.
I think I have vein disease. What should I do?
If you are in New Jersey, our vein doctors strongly advise you to contact us for a consultation. We offer New Jersey vein removal and vein laser surgery for Hamilton County patients, and specialized care for advanced cases. Call us at 609-528-6330 or go online, and begin the process of treatment today.