If you have symptoms of varicose veins, they tend to be mild and may include:
- A dull ache, burning, or heaviness in the legs. These symptoms may be more noticeable late in the day or after you have been sitting or standing for a long time.
- Mild swelling, usually involving the feet and ankles only.
- Itching skin over the varicose vein.
More severe symptoms or complications include:
- A buildup of fluid and swelling in the leg.
- Significant swelling and calf pain after sitting or standing for a long time.
- Skin color changes (stasis pigmentation) around the ankles and lower legs.
- Dry, stretched, swollen, itching, or scaling skin.
- Superficial thrombophlebitis (when a blood clot and inflammation develop in a small vein near the surface of the skin).
- Open sores (ulcerations).
- Bleeding and/or bruising after a minor injury.
Symptoms of varicose veins may become more severe a few days before and during a woman's menstrual period.