Vein disease is a common condition in the United States. It affects millions of people all around the country, causing both embarrassment and physical pain. Below is some information to help you determine whether you are suffering from vein disease.
Vein Disease Basics
The term “vein disease” is used to describe conditions that affect the function of the blood vessels. Most commonly, vein disease manifests in one of two forms: spider veins or varicose veins. Each of these conditions comes with different symptoms.
Spider veins are small veins that appear in web-like formations. They are most common on the chest, face, legs and hands. Spider veins may be blue, red or purple in color. They are easily visible, but they are not typically raised above the skin’s surface. Spider veins are usually painless.
Varicose veins are large veins that appear to be twisted or gnarled. They are most common in the legs, and they are often discolored. Varicose veins are swollen, easily visible and may or may not be raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins may also cause physical symptoms, including pain in the legs, swelling, cramping, restlessness, weakness, tingling, burning or even ulceration of the skin.
I think I Have Vein Disease. What Do I Do?
If you have the symptoms of spider veins and/or varicose veins, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with a qualified vein doctor. A vein doctor can examine the abnormal veins in question, collect information about your medical history and tell you whether you are suffering from vein disease. An experienced vein doctor will also be able to recommend the treatment that will be best for your condition. Some of the treatments that may be recommended include:
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy procedures are used to treat both spider veins and some varicose veins. The procedure involves the injection of medication into abnormal veins.
- Transdermal Laser Treatment – Transdermal laser treatment is used primarily for spider veins. This procedure treats spider veins with laser energy delivered through the skin.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – Endovenous laser treatment is used to treat varicose veins. During this procedure, laser energy is delivered into abnormal veins through a thin catheter inserted into the vein.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat superficial varicose veins. It works by removing the vein from the body entirely.
For a definitive diagnosis or to learn more about these treatment options, make an appointment with Metro Vein Centers today.