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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


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



National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

Mayo Clinic: "Varicose veins."

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