When to Call a Doctor About Varicose Veins

January 10, 2018 • jake • Blog

In the beginning, spider and varicose veins are often asymptomatic and rarely interfere with your day-to-day activities. However, as time goes on problems may develop that could indicate you may be experiencing an underlying health problem that needs vein treatment.

To help you get the healthcare and treatment you need, we have outlined some of the signs and symptoms that indicate you should schedule an appointment with a doctor that specializes in vein health.

Sudden Swelling and Extreme Pain in the Leg

If you have varicose or spider veins and your leg suddenly swells or becomes extremely painful to the touch, it is important to seek immediate medical help. Swelling and extreme pain could be a sign of a serious leg vein disease that is causing blood clots.

Without proper treatment, the blood clot could break off from the veins in the leg and travel to your lungs. When this happens, it could have potentially serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Getting immediate medical help can avoid any potential problems.

Cramping, Throbbing, or Heavy Sensation in the Legs

Feeling cramps, throbbing, or a heavy sensation in your legs occasionally may be normal. However, if you notice you are constantly feeling the cramping, throbbing, or heavy sensation, especially if it gets worse when you are sitting or standing, it could indicate a more serious problem with your varicose veins.

Other Signs and Symptoms to Watch for with Varicose or Spider Veins

If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with a vein doctor to discuss treatment options.

Signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Swelling of the legs that doesn’t seem to go away
  • Raised veins that are itchy
  • Development of a rash
  • Cuts or sores that never seem to heal on your legs
  • Difficulty stopping any bleeding that occurs on the legs. The skin often becomes stretched with varicose veins. This can cause occasional random bleeding that can be difficult to stop.
  • Discoloration of the skin on the legs
  • Sudden avoidance of regular daily activities because you experience pain, aches, or throbbing of the legs

See a Doctor for Proper Treatment of Varicose Veins

The symptoms you experience from varicose veins will not go away on their own. The only way to find relief from the aches, pains, swelling, and irritation is to receive a proper diagnosis and get appropriate vein treatment. Call Bellamah Vein Center, located in Missoula, Montana, today to schedule a consultation with our doctor to discuss your vein health.  

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