Perhaps you’ve started to notice some abnormal veins in your legs, on your chest or on your hands and you are wondering whether you should see a doctor. To determine whether it is time for you to make an appointment at a vein clinic, ask yourself the following questions.

1. What are my symptoms?

Spider veins typically appear as small, web-like veins that are beneath the skin’s surface but clearly visible to the naked eye. They are most common on the hands, neck, chest, legs and face. Varicose veins are larger, twisted and swollen. They appear most often on the legs, and they may even be raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins may also cause physical symptoms, such as cramping, pain, tingling and heaviness.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from abnormal veins.

2. Have I tried to deal with the problem on my own?

In some cases, you may be able to resolve the symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins using conservative, at-home treatment measures. For example, if you have varicose veins in your legs, your symptoms may be reduced if you wear compression stockings, avoid standing for long periods of time and elevate your legs as much as possible. Some cases of varicose veins may also improve if you lose any excess weight you may be carrying.

However, for many patients, at-home treatments will not be enough to completely resolve the symptoms of abnormal veins. If you have tried at-home treatments but you continue to experience problems, it may be time to call a vein specialist.

3. Am I interested in medical treatment?

If you are struggling with varicose veins or spider veins, several treatment options are available. These treatments include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, transdermal laser treatment and ambulatory phlebectomy. Although all of these treatments are minimally invasive, each procedure carries some risk of side effects and complications. If you are interested in any of these treatments, visiting a vein clinic is highly recommended.

If you are ready to make an appointment at a Houston Vein Clinic, please contact Metro Vein Centers today.