At the beach this summer, Dana noticed a couple of protruding veins on her legs. She recalled a time when she was younger that her mother told her if she always sat with her legs crossed, then she would get “those ugly, purple veins” on her legs.

Mom was right, Dana thought.

A few weeks passed, and Dana noticed the veins were not going away—instead, they were getting worse. She also noticed some swelling in her legs, and they felt very fatigued. She began to think her problem was more than just “those ugly, purple veins.”

Dana’s mother was somewhat correct—varicose veins are not pretty. The purple, protruding veins most commonly found in the legs are hard to look at. It is important, however, to understand they are more than just unsightly. Varicose veins can be a sign of vein disease and should be taken seriously. Many people who notice them think nothing of them because they are common and can run in the family. It’s important to understand that what you see on the surface of your leg is not always representative of what is actually occurring beneath the surface.

People with varicose veins complain about itchiness, fatigue, pain, discomfort, and swelling, but each case of varicose veins can be different. Some people will notice an improvement after certain lifestyle changes, such as avoiding sitting or standing for too long and doing more physical activities, while others are at risk of developing more complicated and life-threatening conditions.

There are several conditions associated with varicose veins, such as venous insufficiency, blood clots, and skin ulcers. The most serious complication related to varicose veins is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT, which is a blood clot (thrombus) that forms in the deep veins of the legs, can be life threatening, as the blood clot can travel to the lungs or the heart. If you have noticed increased redness or swelling in the legs along with varicose veins, it is imperative to see a specialist at USA Vein Clinics.

Treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency varies depending on the severity of your condition. For varicose veins, USA Vein Clinics offers a treatment called endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). EVLT is a minimally invasive, non-surgical outpatient procedure that takes around 15 minutes. Using ultrasound technology, a very thin laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein. Heat from laser energy is then used to seal the vein, allowing the healthy veins around it to take over circulation. After the procedure, you may go about your day as normal, including going back to work.

Don’t ignore or make assumptions about unsightly varicose veins. Call (888) 628-9389 to schedule a consultation with our leading vascular specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.