Varicose veins are ugly, sure, but they can also cause serious medical problems when they’re not promptly treated by a vein specialist. Knowing what those potential complications are is the first step in understanding having your veins evaluated is essential. Plus, it helps you appreciate the importance of having vein treatment to eliminate faulty veins and improve your overall health.

Common Varicose Vein Complications

Varicose veins form because of a problem with the way your veins are functioning. Tiny valves inside your veins keep your blood moving in the right direction so your organs and tissues receive the nutrients and oxygen they need for optimal health. When these valves are weak or damaged, your blood flow slows, and blood “pools up” behind the valves, causing varicose veins to form. Since varicose veins are a symptom of a circulation problem, it’s no surprise that the complications associated with varicose veins are also related to your blood flow. Some of the most common complications include:

  • Ulcers: Ulcers are deep sores that form as a result of skin changes associated with varicose veins. Vein disease can cause your skin to become thinner and more fragile, increasing the likelihood of both ulcers and skin infection.
  • Eczema: This itchy skin condition can also occur as a consequence of skin changes related to varicose veins, even if you’ve never had eczema elsewhere.
  • Pain and leg cramps: The painful symptoms associated with varicose veins can be sharp or dull, and they tend to become worse as the day progresses. Sometimes, pain is accompanied by leg swelling and fatigue, and often symptoms are enough to interfere with normal activities.
  • Lipodermatosclerosis: Another skin change associated with varicose veins, lipodermatosclerosis causes the skin around your varicose veins to become hardened and discolored as a result of a buildup of scar tissue.
  • Restless leg syndrome: This annoying symptom causes an irresistible urge to move your legs, and it occurs while you’re in bed trying to sleep.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis: These superficial blood clots form when the area around the veins becomes injured. resulting in vein tenderness and clot formation. Without treatment, blood clots can move to the deeper veins can cause serious problems.

Vein Treatment to Prevent Complications

Metro Vein Centers is a top-ranked provider of vein treatment options for patients throughout the greater Houston metro region. Today, multiple treatment options are available, making it much easier to receive treatment that’s tailored specifically for your needs. Treatments can be performed on an outpatient basis with no downtime, so you can feel better fast. Having prompt vein treatment is the most important thing you can do to prevent varicose vein complications and improve your overall circulation. To find out more about varicose vein treatment options, call Metro Vein Centers at 888-424-3882 and schedule your vein evaluation today.