Symptoms of Varicose Veins


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You may not experience any symptoms of varicose veins, as most people do not suffer any discomfort.

What do Varicose Veins Look Like?

Varicose veins are caused by the swelling of the veins; as a result, they appear blue or purple. They form a lump on the skin, which can appear twisted, and could cause some swelling around them. Varicose veins can appear anywhere on the leg, the pelvis, the genitals, and the anal area. They also appear on the face and body although this is less common.

Symptoms of Problematic Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins are causing complications, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling or inflammation of the skin
  • Pain, heaviness or soreness
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Bleeding, which is hard to stop
  • Discolouration of the skin causing it to appear dark and rusty
  • The appearance of ulcers
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles under varicose veins on the legs

What to Do if You Experience Symptoms of Varicose Veins

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical advice as they can lead to severe pain and discomfort and can become life threatening. Your GP will be able to explain what is causing your discomfort and advise you on the best way to deal with it. It is possible that they will be able to provide you with a long- term treatment such as the removal of varicose veins if your symptoms are severe.

Treating Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Some symptoms of varicose veins can be treated. Painkillers can relieve the soreness, and pain although you should also seek further treatment to remove the cause of the pain. You can get creams, which will relieve dry itchy skin but will not treat the underlying problem.

The best way to treat the symptoms of varicose veins is to speak to your GP. They will be able to supply you with short- term treatments for the symptoms and advise you as to long- term treatments. This will enable you to gather advice on the best treatment for your problem and whether you will be able to receive this on the NHS.


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