When to worry about varicose veins?

Varicose veins are not such a life-threatening or dangerous issue, but if it is left as such without any treatment, further, it could lead to more severe conditions.

A mild variation of varicose veins is not a thing to worry about.

Usually, varicose veins don’t show any symptoms at first, but if the symptoms are shown, that means it’s time to visit a doctor.

Most patients with varicose veins have seen appearing bulging veins on the legs. They haven’t experienced any symptoms, while few patients with varicose veins experience unusual discomfort and other symptoms.

So such patients remain in a dilemma whether they need medical attention or not.

Let me clear it

The appearance and feeling of symptoms indicate that the condition of your varicose veins is getting worse. So, at that point, medical attention is necessary to get rid of those symptoms.

Why do varicose veins occur?

When excessive pressure falls on the legs or abdomen, veins become enlarged and excessive stretch causes leak valves in the veins. Extreme pressure and leak valves cause the veins twisted and bulges. 

There are many conditions due to which these varicose veins arise and increase further. 

These conditions are –

  • People with obese
  • Genetic family traits
  • Standing or sitting for a prolonged period
  • Due to aging
  • Due to Pregnancy 

Let discuss why these conditions lead to the rise of varicose veins 

  • people with obese

People with obese are at higher risk of developing this condition because overweight puts excessive pressure on the leg veins. Losing weight can give you relief from it.

  • Genetic family traits

Varicose veins run in the family. If your family member has this condition, then you are also likely to develop this condition. Don’t get scared. You don’t need to be worried. Precautions may reduce the chances of yours developing it.  

  • Standing or sitting for a prolonged period

Standing or sitting for too long increases the pressure on the leg veins, and also blood doesn’t flow properly if you remain in the same position for more extended periods.

  • Due to aging

The risk of varicose veins arises with the growing age. 

  • Due to Pregnancy 

During pregnancy, the blood volume increases in the body, and a growing fetus puts pressure on the abdomen and leg veins, and it can enlarge veins and leads to varicose veins. 

Usually, varicose veins that develop at the time of pregnancy disappear on their own after the baby’s birth.  

When varicose veins turn serious?

Varicose veins require immediate medical attention if you see these symptoms –

  • A non-healing skin ulcer around the veins 
  • Hyperpigmentation (darker skin patches than the healthy surrounding skin)
  • Thickening or hardening of the skin 
  • A skin ulcer may drain fluid. 
  • Severe pain & swelling 
  • Bleeding or inflammation

Not all varicose veins require medical attention and can be managed with a proper and healthy lifestyle.

How to manage varicose veins with a proper lifestyle?

  • Maintain a  healthy weight
  • Exercise daily
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Avoid standing for too long
  • Elevate the leg

Hidden dangerous of varicose veins

Varicose veins restrict the blood flow and cause blood pool in the leg. If varicose veins are left untreated, then it can lead to severe issues such as Deep Veins Thrombosis(DVT), ulcers, bleeding, blood clots.

when to seek help

When you notice any symptoms like 

  • Skin discoloration
  • Increased swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty to lift the leg
  • Ulcer around the ankle
  • Worsened pain in the leg
  • Swelling calf or leg
  • Sudden bleeding
  • Tender masses under the skin
  • Open sore or skin infection 

Then, you should visit a doctor. So, you can prevent other issues from developing.

If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain, then you need to rush to the hospital immediately because these signs indicate the presence of blood clots in the blood vessels of the heart and lungs.

What will happen if your varicose veins are left untreated or if you wait too long to treat varicose veins?

If varicose veins left untreated, it could cause more severe and life-threatening conditions like Deep Vein Thrombosis(DVT). At least 25% of people with untreated varicose veins develop blood clots in deeper veins, which are often known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a severe condition, and it requires immediate medical attention. The most significant risk of this condition is blood clots may break off, and the blood moves to the lungs.

We treat varicose veins 

Numerous treatment options are available for varicose veins, and treatment may vary according to the seriousness of the condition. Dr. Ankur Aggarwal, a certified vascular surgeon in Chandigarh, provides the best treatment option according to your condition and health requirement and also suitable for your speedy recovery.

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