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.