Varicose and spider veins aren’t just a cosmetic problem, and they can actually lead to serious medical problems if left untreated. While bulging or web-like veins may indeed affect your confidence, it’s important to have them treated to reduce risk of further vein disease. Dr. Sukir Sinnathamby of Varicose to Perfect in Dayton, OH offers conservative treatments to reduce health risks associated with vein disease.
Comparing and Contrasting Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Contrary to popular belief, spider veins and varicose veins aren’t the same thing. Varicose veins are large, bulging veins, whereas spider veins appear smaller and do not usually bulge out of the skin. Both are the result of blood collecting in the veins when valves inside of the veins weaken and do not move blood as efficiently as they should, but spider veins can also be caused by injuries, hormones, or even prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Risks of Vein Problems
If left untreated, varicose veins can cause symptoms as mild as fatigue to severe complications such as blood clots or bleeding through sores on the legs. Vein disease puts you at risk of pulmonary embolism, as blood clots can travel to the lungs and block blood flow. While spider veins are often a cosmetic concern, even they can cause itching and bleeding in more severe cases.
Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment
There are a variety of treatments available for varicose and spider veins ranging from simple treatments like compression socks to endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Of course, the most conservative treatment to alleviate symptoms is exercise and a healthy diet, which has been shown to improve circulation and reduce pain and fatigue associated with vein disease. If your veins do indeed require medical treatment, there are many options available.
Vein disease is usually not life-threatening on its own, but the potential for severe health problems as a result of untreated varicose and spider veins is too significant to ignore. Schedule a consultation with the experts at Varicose to Perfect to protect your health and improve your confidence.