What is a Varicosity?
A varicosity is a dilated vein that most commonly develops in the legs. The role of our veins is to carry blood low in oxygen from the body to the lungs and heart. When this process malfunction it can cause varicose veins to form. Doctors may interchangeably use the terms varicosity, varices, varicosis, or varicose vein to describe this condition.
The successful cycle of oxygen and nutrients to the extremities and then back to the heart and lungs to replenish is critical for the body to work properly. The role of the vein valves is to make sure blood goes upwards to the heart and lungs and doesn’t flow backwards. If the valves are not working and the blood is flowing backwards, blood pooling can occur which can lead to varicosities.
Defining the Terms
It’s important to know that varicosities or vein disease is not a life threatening condition on its own. The condition can cause an array of serious health complications if left untreated. For example one of the symptoms of vein disease is chronic ulcers. Because these ulcers do not heal on their own, they are more prone to infection and make the body more vulnerable to illness and further complications. If you have noticed some discolored, swollen veins in your legs you should consider getting treatment before the condition has a chance to advance.
Doctors often use these terms:
- Venous insufficiency – A condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart. Venous insufficiency and poor circulation are often linked.
- Vein disease – Is caused by venous insufficiency where people may experience painful symptoms like swelling, skin discoloration, restlessness, or difficulty walking.
- Varicose veins – A condition Pooling of blood causing swollen, raised veins. People who have varicose veins often have symptoms associated with vein disease like leg pain or swelling.
- Spider veins – Small red, purple, or blue veins that are often not raised like varicose veins. Usually seen right below the skin’s surface and do not always cause painful symptoms. Appearance similar to an actual spider web.
Treatment for Varicosities
If you think you may have a varicosity you should not avoid getting treatment. Varicosity and vein disease will not go way on its own. If you don’t see a doctor about your condition, complications like blood clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), May-Thurner Syndrome, Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), vein infections, and venous ulcers can occur.
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