Untreated venous issues can cause several serious physical consequences. The severity of the nature of the consequences will vary from person to person according to several factors. If you do not treat your issues, the symptoms of fatigue, pain and swelling in the legs and ankles may only worsen. Gradually, untreated veins will develop hyperpigmentation, venous leg ulcers, superficial thrombophlebitis and possibly thrombosis, which is a life-threatening condition.
• Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which the skin in certain areas becomes darker.
• Venous leg ulcers are a condition that occurs when the vein is so damaged that it becomes perforated. The wound is raw and painful and does not heal easily.
• Superficial thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory disorder in which a blood clot develops in a vein that is close to the surface of the skin.
• Thrombosis is a blood clot that interferes with the circulation of blood. When it occurs in a deep vein, it may dislodge and go to the lungs, causing death.
If you have varicose veins or think you may be developing them, you can get a diagnosis from our medical professional in addition to learning about the possible treatments. We provide several non-invasive treatments that will completely remove varicose veins.
Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins are not effectively pushing the blood back to the heart. The veins have valves that help push the blood along. When these valves fail to function properly, the blood starts to pool in the vein and causes it to bulge and twist and show beneath the skin.
There are several reasons why veins become weak.
• Heredity is the main cause of varicose veins. This means that you have a genetic tendency to develop them.
• Lifestyle is another common cause. If you have a job in which you stand most of the day, such as a teacher or a nurse, you are at risk of developing varicose veins because your leg veins need to work harder every day. Conversely, if you have a job in which you sit all day, you may not have good circulation in your legs.
• Obesity puts tremendous pressure on your leg muscles and veins. Your heart has to work harder to get the blood from your feet back to your heart. This can cause the veins to weaken over time.
• Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, menopause and birth control pills, can put a woman at higher risk of developing varicose veins. This is one reason why we recommend avoiding certain plastic products that contain bisphenol A (BPA). It is used to line cans, and you can read the labels of cans and plastic bottles to learn if they are BPA-free. If nothing is said, you can be sure it is present.
To determine the severity of your venous issues, it is recommended to have a consultation with our specialist at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center in El Segundo. We also serve the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. You can learn about the things you can do at home, such as exercises and diet changes, that will help improve your veins. If required, you may have them treated so that you can have smooth legs again. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.