With the many safe and effective treatments available today, there is no need for you to suffer with varicose or spider veins. Even without visible varicose or spider veins, you may be suffering from venous insufficiency if you are experiencing fatigue or heaviness of the legs, itchy legs (pruritus), aching leg pain, restless legs, skin color changes in the legs, night cramps, or bleeding skin ulcers on the legs. These symptoms typically get worse as the day progresses, and are relieved somewhat by elevating your legs and aerobic activity.
You should see a doctor immediately about varicose veins if:
- The vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
- There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
- The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes color
- One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
- Your leg symptoms are interfering with daily activities
If you are having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you decide not to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse.