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What Happens When Varicose Veins Go Untreated?

There is a common misconception that varicose veins are purely an aesthetic nuisance. This is simply not true! Varicose veins don’t just appear unsightly – they can also cause health problems. Because many who suffer from varicose veins would prefer to wear long pants to cover up the problem rather than seek medical treatment, the varicose veins can get worse over time. So what exactly are varicose veins, and what happens if they go untreated?

More than Unsightly

Varicose veins are enlarged veins, typically found in the legs and feet that are visible through the skin because of their gnarled or discolored appearance. Varicose veins occur when the veins’ valves fail or are unable to keep the blood flowing forward, preventing the blood from easily and effortlessly traveling to the heart. When this happens, the blood begins to pool in the veins themselves and the result is varicose veins. There are different types of varicose veins and each appears a little different. The commonality between them is unusual, large, and gnarled veins that stand out against the skin and the other normal veins in the body.

Left Untreated

When varicose veins go untreated, the blood continues to pool in the veins and too often makes the situation worse, resulting in in one of more of the following conditions:

To sum it up, not treating varicose veins leads to worse-appearing veins, more unpleasant symptoms, and more damage to the veins. This is why seeking treating is essential. A vein specialist can examine your veins, medical history, and lifestyle habits to make treatment recommendations that involve not only medications or medical treatments, but also lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the condition and reduce symptoms.

Treating Varicose Veins

With a variety of treatments for varicose veins, the right treatment for an individual depends on the type of varicose veins he or she has, the severity of the condition, medical history, and recommendations by the vein specialist. Some of the most popular and effective medical treatments for varicose vein are:

If you have varicose veins, the best thing to do is to seek a vein specialist. Ignoring them will not make them go away – they will only get worse! So don’t delay. See a qualified and experienced vein specialist for your treatment.

If you are looking for an experienced and high-quality vein and vascular medical center that specializes in a variety of vascular and vein-related conditions, Premier Vein & Vascular is the place for you. Premier Vein & Vascular of Tampa and Largo, Florida excel in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of vascular diseases such as stroke, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and poor circulation.  To learn more, please contact the vascular and cardiology healthcare professionals at Premier Vein & Vascular by calling 1-888-VEINCARE. You can also use their convenient online appointment request form.

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