Among the many physical symptoms that go along with varicose veins, itching can be one of the most annoying and even painful symptoms. If you’re bothered by itchy legs, which can distract you from daily tasks and lead to skin irritation (or dermatitis) from scratching, it’s time to see our vein doctor. Beyond itching, you may begin experiencing other, more serious symptoms of varicose veins—like pain, swelling, and even permanent skin changes. That’s why we recommend a quick, painless exam and (if needed) effective, minimally invasive varicose vein treatment at your local Nashville vein center. If you need further encouragement to seek care, here’s how untreated varicose veins can harm your health.
Varicose Vein Symptoms and Complications
Varicose veins won’t go away on their own, so ignoring the problem is not a good strategy. (The exception is varicose veins associated with pregnancy, which might disappear, once hormonal and blood levels return to normal.) Neglected varicose veins can cause symptoms like:
- Visible, discolored, and sometimes bulging, veins under the skin’s surface.
- Reduced or impaired circulation; specifically, trouble with returning deoxygenated blood from the extremities, back to the heart/lungs.
- Ankle and/or foot swelling.
- Aching, throbbing, cramped and/or painful legs.
- A heavy sensation in the legs.
- Itching or a burning feeling, most often at the ankle and lower leg.
- Rash from itching and scratching, known as dermatitis.
- Discolored and thickened skin near the ankle.
- Non-healing or slow-to-heal ankle sores (skin ulcers).
- Impaired quality of life, including trouble doing daily tasks or mobility issues.
- Infection of sores, which can spread to the blood and vital organs.
- Increased risk of DVT, which is a dangerous, deep/hidden blood clot that could travel to the lung–and is a medical emergency.
About Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT
Perhaps the most dangerous complication associated with varicose veins could be DVT. Deep vein thrombosis can be deadly, and varicose veins could bring a higher risk for DVT, according to a recent Taiwanese study. Watch for signs of DVT, like a tender, warm and or reddened area on the leg (or arm), swelling and/or a pulling sensation within the leg. DVT could come about during/after a long trip in cramped conditions or prolonged bed rest with little-to-no exercise and your risk is higher as you age. However, DVT can also occur suddenly, without a seeming cause, symptom or warning. Seek emergency care if you suspect a DVT.
Get Expert Varicose Vein Treatment at Our Nashville Vein Center
The vascular experts at our Nashville vein clinic can help you banish bulging veins, along with their physical symptoms, such as pain or itching. Proper vein care helps protect you from potentially serious varicose vein complications, and can quickly improve your overall quality of life. Contact Siragusa Vein & Laser online today or call us at 615-777-0744 now.