In most cases, varicose veins are solely a cosmetic concern and do not pose any threat to your health. However, painful varicose veins may also be a sign of more serious venous disease. If you experience discomfort, pain, or swelling, visit a doctor to have your condition evaluated.
Changes in the Vein
A varicose vein that appears swollen or feels tender and warm to the touch should be brought to the attention of your doctor. If you feel a lump in the vein or near the vein in your leg, it’s also important to have a doctor evaluate your condition. A lump may be indicative of either a blood clot or inflammation inside the vein, both of which require medical treatment.
Changes in the Skin Above a Vein
The skin above a varicose vein is often thin, and can bleed profusely when injured. If you experience bleeding in the skin above a vein either with or without an injury, elevate the leg and apply pressure. Contact your doctor to check the area once you have stopped the bleeding. Any changes in the skin above or around a varicose vein, such as skin ulcers, color changes, a rash, or a thickening of the skin should be examined by a vein specialist.
Changes in Comfort
Varicose veins may cause a dull ache or burning sensation. If these feelings bother you or hinder your daily activities, ask your doctor about your vein treatment options. Additionally, increased levels of pain or discomfort from a varicose vein should be brought to the attention of a doctor to determine whether treatment is needed.
The specialists at the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center are board certified in vascular surgery and phlebology. At our practice, you can expect the highest level of care and a wide variety of nonsurgical vein treatment options for greater comfort and aesthetics. We invite you to click through our website or call (407) 293-5944 to schedule an appointment at any one of our four locations in the Orlando area and The Villages.