When it’s Time to See a Vein Specialist

Spider and varicose veins are often thought of as merely a cosmetic problem – even by some medical providers. While these veins may not be accompanied by troublesome symptoms, there is no guarantee those symptoms will not develop in the future. Determining whether to see a vein specialist will depend on your level of comfort with your veins, as well as a number of additional factors.

Cosmetic Concern

For some, spider and varicose veins will pose little more than a cosmetic concern. However, if the cosmetic issue embarrasses you or keeps you from wearing certain types of clothing or engaging in some activities, treatment is an option. Although treatment at this stage is not typically covered by insurance, the choices in vein treatment allow you to select a therapy that will be both effective for your specific condition and affordable.

Uncomfortable Symptoms

Both spider and varicose veins can also lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Heaviness or aching in the lower legs
  • Fatigued legs after long periods of standing or sitting
  • Leg cramping, particularly at night
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
  • Skin discoloration, itchiness or skin irritation

If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, it could be an indication your vein condition is worsening. The good news is vein treatment will not only eliminate the sight of varicose veins; it will also eliminate uncomfortable symptoms – almost immediately for some patients.

Compression Therapy Ineffective

A popular method for treating varicose veins in the early stage is wearing prescription-grade compression stockings. These special garments fit tighter in the foot with tension easing as they move up the leg. The graded compression encourages healthy blood flow from the foot back up to the heart. Although compression stockings won’t reverse varicose veins that have already appeared, they can provide relief for uncomfortable symptoms. Some insurance companies may also require patients to wear the compression garments for a period of time before covering other types of vein treatment.

Avoiding Complications

Vein disease can be progressive, which means that if it is left untreated, it can become a bigger problem. Complications of varicose veins include skin changes around the diseased vein as blood flow in the area is affected. Some patients can even develop open sores, known as venous ulcers, which appear around the ankle and can be very painful and difficult to treat. If your symptoms are worsening, treatment done earlier, rather than later, is often much more successful.
Spider and varicose veins are a common problem for both men and women that can become worse over time.  If you would like to learn more about your options in vein treatment, contact PCI Veins at 319-774-8432 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Lawrence today.


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