varicose veins

Complications of Varicose Veins

As the weather warms up, people begin anticipating spending time outdoors. However, for a certain group of individuals, warm weather is actually dreaded because it means showing off their legs and the dreaded varicose veins. Most people assume spider veins and varicose veins are simply unsightly, but they can be a sign of a more serious circulatory condition. Furthermore, the presence of these veins can lead to complications that many are not aware of. For these reasons, any person who has noticed the presence of one or more of these blemishes should see a doctor promptly. What types of complications have been seen with this condition?


A person may develop painful ulcers on the skin around their varicose veins and this problem is often seen around the ankles. The ulcers are the result of fluid building up in the tissues that is not treated. This fluid builds when the pressure of blood in the varicose veins increases. A doctor helps to relieve the pressure to reduce or eliminate the risk of ulcers developing. The first sign that an ulcer may be developing is a discolored spot on the skin near the varicose vein. As soon as this spot is noticed, a doctor should be contacted right away.


Varicose and spider veins located close to the surface of the skin may burst. When they do so, minor bleeding is typically seen. However, the doctor needs to be notified, as once a vein bleeds, it is highly likely it will do so again. The doctor needs to be aware of this so he or she can monitor the veins and determine if additional treatment is needed.

Blood Clots

Varicose veins are usually easy to see. However, some veins that aren't close to the surface of the skin may become enlarged. When this happens, the leg tends to swell significantly. If a person notices their leg is suddenly swelling, prompt medical attention is needed as this could be a sign of a blood clot, a serious medical condition known as thrombophlebitis. The blood clot needs to be treated to ensure it doesn't move to other parts of the body and do serious harm.

Several vein treatments are now available to assist individuals with varicose veins. A doctor is the best person to determine which treatment is right for the individual. For some, it is simply a matter of making lifestyle changes to prevent the problem from worsening. Others though must undergo surgery to correct the problem. The sooner treatment is obtained, the less invasive the treatment typically is and the less likely it is these complications will develop, so don't delay. Make an appointment today to get this problem resolved in a timely manner.