Vein disease is a difficult problem to face, but effective treatment is available. Below are some of the most common questions asked by people who think they may have vein disease.
1. What is vein disease?
Vein disease is a condition that occurs when the veins are no longer functioning as they should. The most common cause of vein disease is venous insufficiency, which occurs when the valves in the veins lose strength. This allows blood to flow backward and pool in the vein.
2. What are the symptoms of vein disease?
People with vein disease may notice evidence of spider veins and/or varicose veins. While spider veins appear as thin, web-like veins on the hands, face, legs, chest or other locations, varicose veins are larger and much more likely to be painful. Varicose veins may also be swollen above the surface of the skin in some cases.
Some of the symptoms that may accompany the visible signs of vein disease include:
- Cramps, especially at night
- Skin color changes
3. What makes vein disease worse?
Certain activities or situations may exacerbate the symptoms of vein disease. For example, you may notice worsening symptoms if you stand or sit for a prolonged period of time, or if you spend time in hot weather. Many people with vein disease also notice that their symptoms get worse as the day goes on.
4. What improves the symptoms of vein disease?
If your vein disease is mild, you may notice an improvement in your symptoms if you elevate your legs or engage in aerobic exercise. Some people are also able to improve their symptoms through weight loss.
5. What treatments are available for vein disease?
Several different treatments are available to individuals with vein disease. For example, people suffering from spider veins may benefit from transdermal laser treatment or sclerotherapy. People with varicose veins can typically choose from sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment or ambulatory phlebectomy. All of these procedures offer different advantages for patients.
6. How do I know what treatment option is right for me?
The best way to determine which of the available treatment options is right for you is to consult a licensed vein doctor. Only an experienced doctor can evaluate your condition and provide you with the expert advice you need.
If you think that you may be suffering from vein disease, please contact Metro Vein Centers to make an appointment.