We know that varicose veins are mostly harmless. Or are they? While most people believe varicose veins can be left untreated, what they do not realize is that over time, varicose veins can progress in severity. Veins become larger, circulation gets worse, and more varicose veins can form, which increases the risk of developing phlebitis. Phlebitis, or inflammation of leg veins, can be a more painful problem. Untreated varicose veins can ultimately lead to the development of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) which can have far more serious implications.

Moreover, potential complications of untreated varicose veins in Portland include:

–       Bleeding that’s difficult to stop when veins near the surface are cut or bumped.

–       Blood clots.

–       Deep vein thrombosis that can cause leg pain and swelling, and even a more serious condition called a pulmonary embolism.

–       Lipodermatosclerosis, a condition that affects the calf area and causes skin to harden, tighten, and turn reddish or brownish in color.

–       Varicose eczema which causes reddish, scaly, and flaky skin.

Varicose Vein Causes

Varicose veins affect a staggering 40 million people in the US alone, and the majority are women. Vein experts say exact varicose vein causes remain unclear, although there’s significant evidence that some people are more predisposed to this condition depending on age, gender, and genetics. Risks are higher among:

–       Women, most likely due to estrogen levels.

–       People whose family members are afflicted with varicose veins.

–       Overweight individuals.

–       Pregnant women.

–       People over 50 years old.

–       Individuals with a sedentary lifestyle.

In rare cases, varicose vein causes could also include abnormal blood vessels, a prior case of blood clot, swelling in the pelvis, or a pelvic tumor.

For people with varicose veins, the cause may be any of a number of factors. But the solutions are simple. These days, varicose veins are easily treatable; you just need to talk to a vein specialist to explore your treatment options.

A vein specialist will be able to assess your condition and determine the type of treatment that’s best for you. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, your vein specialist can recommend the best treatment for your case. Everything will be taken into consideration, from costs to recovery time, to likelihood of more varicose veins appearing in the future.

If you experience any discomfort in your legs which can be attributed to varicose veins, you may want to take action before the problem gets worse. Talk with a qualified vein specialist today.


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