how do i know if i have varicose veins

One of the symptoms of varicose veins: leg veins that appear ropy, bulging, or knotty

Do you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins or other forms of vein disease? If so, you aren’t alone; roughly 80 million American adults have vein problems. Below are the most frequently asked questions about varicose veins and spider veins.


How do I know if I have varicose veins or vein disease?

A common condition among men and women alike, varicose veins have a number of symptoms. And other symptoms may indicate the presence of venous disease. However, it’s important to note that the presence of vein disease can only be determined through specialized ultrasound diagnostics. But here are common symptoms associated with varicose veins and venous disease:


  • Legs that ache, throb or feel generally uncomfortable
  • Leg fatigue when walking more than a short distance
  • A burning or itching sensation in the legs
  • Restless leg syndrome that keeps you awake at night
  • Purple, dark red or blue leg veins easily visible at the skin’s surface
  • Leg veins that appear ropy, bulging or knotty

Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are less likely to cause discomfort. Yet, they can be noticeable and unattractive, causing many people with spider veins to seek treatment.


At what age are varicose veins more likely occur?

Varicose veins can appear at any time throughout adulthood.


What causes varicose veins?

Heredity, pregnancy, weight gain and physical stress all can play a role in venous disease and varicose veins. Standing for long periods of time, such as for certain types of work, can also contribute to venous disease and varicose veins.


varicose veins after treatment

Varicose veins after treatment at Bunker Vein

How are varicose veins, spider veins and other vein problems treated?

Committed to providing leading-edge care individualized for your best outcomes, Bunker Vein and Imaging Center offers a complete range of treatment modalities. Dedicated to doing what’s best and most appropriate for you, Dr. Bunker and his team will evaluate your condition carefully and make a treatment recommendation designed to achieve the best possible result so you can live your life… and show your legs!


When or Why Should I Seek Treatment?

Most people seek treatment because of the discomfort and/or unsightliness of varicose veins. For spider veins, appearance generally is the only motivator. But whatever motivates you to seek care to resolve your vein problem, it’s important to seek it. That’s because varicose and spider veins can be indicative of more serious health problems.

Contact us today to find out about free screenings here in Austin, Texas, to schedule your appointment or for more information. Call Bunker Vein and Imaging Center at (512) 726-0599 today.

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