Vein Disease Isn’t Just a Cosmetic Issue

One of the main focuses of our center is that patients need to realize that they may have a chronic underlying and progressive disease. Seeing varicose veins or spider veins on their skin is not just a cosmetic problem, but it is often related to this underlying medical condition, which can progress and lead to more serious conditions.

Some patients may experience specific symptoms in their legs, such as heaviness, burning, itching, pain, and restlessness, that can be an indication of varicose veins. However, varicose veins themselves can be symptoms of various medical conditions, including:

misconception: varicose veins cosmetic issue

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Not “Just” a Cosmetic Issue

  • Blood Clots – clumps that occur when blood hardens from a liquid to a solid.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body.
  • Edema – swelling caused by fluid in your body’s tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles and legs, but it can involve your entire body.
  • Thrombophlebitis – swelling (inflammation) of a vein caused by a blood clot.
  • Lymphedema – happens when lymph builds up in your body’s soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph system is damaged or blocked.

If you have noticed varicose veins or spider veins on your legs, or any related symptoms, it’s important to get them looked at by a doctor who specializes in vein issues, to make sure that they aren’t signs of a underlying medical condition. Contact us online or call (512) 726-0599 to request an appointment for a screening.

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