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Do you feel you may be developing varicose veins? Understanding varicose veins and treatments is the first step toward knowing whether you should seek medical help.

Identifying Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when blood vessels are unable to properly regulate the flow of blood in the veins, and as it collects, they swell. They are often a dull red or blue, or flesh-colored, and may appear raised above the surface of the skin, like swollen, twisted cords.

Varicose veins are most often accompanied by bothersome or painful symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s best that you see a doctor right away:

  • Your vein(s) are red, swollen, bleeding, warm, or sore

  • The skin on your leg and/or ankle has thickened and changed color

  • You have a rash or skin sores near your ankle

  • You are unable to proceed with your day-to-day life because of leg pain or discomfort

  • Your vein(s) cause you to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable in shorts or a swimsuit

How Do I Know for Sure if I Have Varicose Veins?

When you schedule a free consultation, Dr. Bunker will often be able to diagnose varicose veins just from a quick physical evaluation of the legs while sitting and standing. You may need to answer some questions about your symptoms, or have an ultrasound test to examine the veins’ structure and blood flow below the surface.

After your consultation, you will know for sure whether you should seek treatment.

Understanding Varicose Vein Treatments

If you do require treatment for varicose veins, Dr. Bunker will select the most appropriate method(s), including:

  • Conservative therapies, or simple measures that often reduce the progression and symptoms of varicose veins. These include wearing medical-grade compression stalkings, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, and making healthy choices like walking, weight management, and avoiding long periods of sitting or standing.

  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), in which laser-light energy heats the vein wall and causes it to close, allowing other, healthier veins to take over

  • Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy, similar to EVLT, only using radio-frequency energy

  • Sclerotherapy, only used in very specific cases, in which medication is precisely injected to irritate the vein wall and cause it to collapse

 If you think you may have varicose veins, call Bunker Vein & Imaging Center to schedule your free screening at (512) 726-0599 or contact us online to find out for sure.

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