It’s never too early to address the symptoms of varicose veins. Don’t wait until you’re making your summer plans for bare legs and a healthy tan! Let’s have a look at how you can best plan to be able to fully enjoy the summer season.
We’ll look into:
- Symptoms of varicose veins you might notice
- When you should be worried about varicose veins
- Consequences of delaying treatment
- Dangers of leaving varicose veins untreated
- Why you should consult with a doctor now
- How to take advantage of your deductible
What Symptoms of Varicose Veins Might You Notice?
There are several symptoms that could be signaling the presence of varicose veins and we mention them frequently because they’re so important to really take notice of:
- Twisted and bulging veins on your skin’s surface
- Sensations of aching, throbbing, or heaviness, particularly after prolonged periods of standing or sitting
- Swelling around the affected veins (these are often associated with venous insufficiency and fluid retention)
- Skin changes (discoloration, inflammation) around your veins
- Itching or burning sensations around your veins
- Restless Leg
It’s really important you identify any of these symptoms and act on them. They’re much more than mere inconveniences; they could be red flags signaling underlying serious venous issues that require immediate attention.
When Should You Be Worried About Varicose Veins?
Now that we’ve got a handle on these symptoms, let’s tackle the question of when to escalate your concern. The answer is pretty straightforward – right from the moment you notice them. Don’t dismiss these symptoms as mere cosmetic concerns. Varicose veins might be indicating a deeper venous insufficiency issue.
We mentioned two already: worrying changes to your skin color and texture around the veins, and persistent itchiness, pain, throbbing or cramping sensations in your legs.
If you have a deeper venous issue starting to show up, you might also see ulcers forming on the skin near your ankle and signs of bleeding near the varicose veins.
Consider this too: Might you be at risk of varicose veins due to a genetic predisposition, your age, being pregnant, or even your lifestyle – maybe having to stand or sit for long hours?
So – to answer the question about when to be worried, the answer is this. Don’t wait until your symptoms hinder your daily activities. Seek professional advice when you notice the early warning signs and take proactive steps to address your varicose vein concerns.
At Denver Vein, we’re never too busy to listen to your concerns, so contact us today for a professional opinion. Don’t risk ruining your summer plans.
But there are other reasons too for seeking an early opinion and not delaying treatment. Let’s look at those now.
Plan Ahead NOW: Why You Should Not Delay Treatment
There’s still plenty of time at this time of year, but as you know, time flies! Why not do some strategic planning so you can fully embrace the warmer weather in May without symptoms of varicose veins dampening your spirits?
Take into consideration these points:
1 Benefits of Seeking Early Treatment
Seeking early treatment offers relief from your symptoms and helps prevent potential complications. Early intervention also means quicker recovery from a less serious problem and a more effective resolution of any varicose vein issues.
And – if you need treatment on both legs, we usually do the surgeries 2-4 weeks apart. This means you can be through with both treatments before the shorts weather starts!
2 Seasonal Impact on Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can respond differently to various seasons. Remember, the Colorado heat can lead to vein dilation in warmer months, potentially exacerbating uncomfortable symptoms.
3 The Need for Post-Treatment Care
Following a proper care routine after treatment can involve wearing compression stockings, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and attending follow-up appointments. Post-treatment care and recovery timelines can therefore vary depending on the specific treatment. Give yourself enough time to have beautiful bare legs in May!
Dangers of Leaving Symptoms of Varicose Veins Untreated
Strategic planning is one thing. However, the repercussions of neglecting symptoms of varicose veins go way beyond surface-level aesthetics and immediate discomfort!
So please don’t risk potential varicose vein complications such as:
- Blood clots: Blood pooling in enlarged veins increases the risk of clot formation.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Dangerous blood clots can lead to DVT, which can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
- Skin changes: Untreated varicose veins can result in skin changes, such as discoloration.
- Bleeding: Varicose veins can cause bleeding when they burst near the skin surface, and maybe introduce infection.
- Ulcers: About 70% of leg ulcers are caused by venous insufficiency and can lead to symptoms like swelling, rashes, and brown discoloration.
Why You Should Consult Now with a Vein Doctor
Consulting with a qualified vein specialist is a pivotal step for personalized advice and treatment plans tailored to your needs. A professional can accurately diagnose the severity of your condition and recommend the most appropriate course of action.
We offer a diverse range of treatment options for your varicose veins, each addressing specific aspects of the condition:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation of the Saphenous Vein (ELAS)
- VenaSeal Closure System
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Ultrasound Guided Medical Sclerotherapy
Apart from the serious health considerations we’ve mentioned, don’t forget that now is the best time to consider treatment for your varicose veins. Firstly, insurance for varicose veins is changing. There’s the possibility of insurance companies reducing coverage and increasing the requirements for varicose veins treatment.
And secondly, because it can take several weeks or months to finish treatment, you can plan ahead to meet your deductible in the new year. Most insurances take 30-60 days to process, so even if you have your treatment in January or February, you most likely won’t start paying until March or April.
At Denver Vein Center, we also have convenient payment plans for our patients.
Don’t Let Varicose Veins Ruin Your Summer Fun!
Even if you’re taking care of your health through an active lifestyle, your possible symptoms of varicose veins may deteriorate in six months – and, by that time, summer will be full swing!
At Denver Vein, we encourage you to not ignore or underestimate any varicose veins symptoms. It’s not just about appearances; they can signal underlying issues that, if left untreated, may lead to complications.
So – plan ahead now, and take the necessary steps to ensure that varicose veins don’t cast a shadow over your summer fun. Call us today and let’s talk!