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    Understanding Varicose Veins -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

    Symptoms of varicose veins include:

    • Prominent dark blue blood vessels, especially in the thigh and calf
    • Aching, tender, heavy, or sore legs, often accompanied by swelling in the ankles or feet after standing for any length of time


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    Call Your Doctor About Varicose Veins If:

    • Swelling becomes incapacitating, or the skin over your varicose veins becomes flaky, ulcerated, discolored, or prone to bleeding -- you could be developing stasis dermatitis. You may want to have the veins removed to avoid further discomfort and prevent potentially more serious circulatory problems.
    • You have red, warm, and tender varicose veins. This may be a sign of phlebitis, which is caused by a blood clot in the vein.
    • You have injured a varicose vein. Control the resulting burst of blood with direct compression and leg elevation. Have your veins evaluated by a vein specialist as this is a serious complication.

    Seek emergency medical help for any excessive bleeding or bleeding that does not stop.


    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2015

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