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NO: All "bulging veins" are not varicose veins. Some bulgy veins are functioning normally. Common examples of such normal veins include prominent veins on the front of the shin bone or enlarged bulging veins on thin athletes or bodybuilders. In order for a vein to be classified as varicose, it must be not only dilated but also have diseased faulty broken valves within it that is causing blood to pool ...Read more
Evaluation may help: Spider veins and varicose veins do worsen over time. If you have symptoms such as leg discomfort, swelling, restlessness or cramping, you may want to consider speaking with a vein specialist. Sometimes simple measures such as properly fitted compression stocking use and exercise are sufficient in alleviating symptoms. There are many options for treatment now if you chose to have them treated. ...Read more
I have a lot if small thin purple veins, not varicose, around the top of my legs how can I get rid if them and what are they?
Spider veins with varicose one under it left side below knee. Get quarter second twinge light pain hourly. No other symtoms. Sonogram last yr.: ok.??
Evaluate by Vein Dr: Varicose veins could still be the problem. First question is what type of Sonogram did they do. Most common is a check for deep vein thrombosis which does nothing to look for venous insufficieny (problem that leads to varicose veins). Needs a specific ultrasound to look for venous insufficiency or reflux in the superficial veins. Sonogram 1 year ago could be normal and now have insufficiency ...Read more
My left leg and foot are swelled and have thick veins and varicose veins it looks like maybe fluid in my leg the swelling seems to go down when not on?
See vein specialist.: Your symptoms may or may not be related to an underlying vein problem. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound of both the superficial and deep venous systems. ...Read more
Can sitting for longer periods (especially: cross-legged or with one leg tucked under) lead to increased risk of formation of spider veins and varicose veins?
Probably not: In all of the 13 major studies that have looked at factors associated with the development of varicose veins, none have shown that crossing your legs when sitting plays any role in the formation of varicose veins. As dr. Landi said, varicose veins are due to leaky valves not venous stasis. ...Read more
Hi my friend slapped me in the back of my calf where I usually have a visible blue large vein (possibly varicose vein) and it burst when he slapped me, it swelled to the size of a golf ball- now size of quarter and is hard, tight, painful. Emergency?
Vein: This sounds like a vein rupture from the localized trauma, and should resolve within a few days' time. Use of Arnica gel over the area may aid in the healing process. If you do have varicose veins, I would recommend an evaluation of the venous duplex ultrasound to determine if more aggressive therapy would be warranted. ...Read more
What is the difference between prominent veins and varicose veins? When I have anal fistula I have restless leg and developed to have prominent veins.
Varicose Veins: varicose veins are a result of venous insufficiency secondary to broken venous valves. It usually progresses to pain, swelling, skin darkening of the legs and sometime it may cause restless leg syndrome. It can also lead to superficial thrombophlebitis and subsequently to deep vein thrombosis. This should be treated and I recommend seeing a general surgeon who treats Varicose veins. ...Read more
Vein signs: Signs range from visible spider veins to larger flat blue veins to bulging varicose veins to swelling to reddish and/or brownish skin discoloration to waxy shile skin scars to ulceration. Bleeding can occur and when there is severe inflammation in the vein, you can have redness, swelling, warmth, and pain and tenerness over the affected vein. ...Read more
Vein with weak walls: Dr. Nielsen has given a very nice answer. The other part of the problem is that varicose veins also have weak walls. This allows the high pressure in the veins to stretch the veins, make them bigger and longer, and that causes the large, bulging, squiggley appearance of the veins. ...Read more
Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days. ...Read more
Leaking valves: Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins. Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser. ...Read more
No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more
Compression hose: Wearing compression hose or stockings may help, but if you are genetically predisposed to varicose veins, they may only delay the onset. You should get properly fit for compression stockings, and wear the proper length based on your symptoms. If you are having swelling or pain in the legs from venous reflux, you should get it checked out. ...Read more
Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more
Get checked first: See a vein specialist and get an ultrasound to see the cause of your problems. Compression hose, exercise and leg elevation will be suggested. If conservative treatment fails you may need ablation, injection or removal of your abnormal veins. See sirweb. Org under varicose veins for info. Use doctor finder same site for interventional radiologist in your area. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: Varicose veins themselves are not dangerous. If they are causing discomfort, there are multiple treatments available. Treatments depend on the size of veins, and which veins are involved. If you have leg swelling in addition to varicose veins, you should be seen by a vascular surgeon or physician who treats venous disease. The simplest treatment in compression socks. ...Read more
For someone this young, the source and location of the vein is vital. A vein specialist should perform a physical exam and a duplex ultrasound. Large veins on the inner calf are completely different than running down the lateral leg (which could be a malformation like
klippel trenaunay syndrome) and require very different approaches and levels of expertise. ...Read more
What causes and cures are there for varicose vein's? How can I help not to get them? Best procedure?
Lots of? S: Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves they are made worse by xs weight, prolonged standing and age whule support atckings will help symptoms they will nit get rid of the problem Depending on extent they can be effectively treated by vein ablation, sclerotherapy or vein excision a venous duplex will tell the best approach ...Read more
Can a small visible varicose vein (blue snake) disappear on its own after a while, or is it permanently going to be visible?
Varicosities: Usually if it is a true varicose vein it will remain there until treated. The vein has been stretched out and is now saggy. ...Read more
They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www. Phlebology. Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read more
Lifelong care: As dr. Hernandez says, spider veins, varicose veins and venous disease is inherited and made worse with hormones, pregnancies, prolonged sitting and standing, heavy weight lifting, and others... Phlebology is a specialty for treating veins: www. Phlebolgy. Org minimally invasive diagnostic and treatments to get rid of each type of problem before it progresses and exercise and medical compression. ...Read more
It depends: Although every procedure has some discomfort associated with it. How much you feel depends on what you are having done. If you have surgery or an endovenous thermal procedure, you will get an anesthetic during the procedure so that you won't feel anything. The amount of pain you will have afterwards will be worse with surgery but your doctor can prescribe medicine for you to keep you comfortable. ...Read more
Not really: A varicose vein is one which has dilated due to increased "back pressure" in the vein. Several reasons, but commonly the one way valves have become incompetent, so gravity pulls the blood back down causing pressure. To many, these may be unsightly, but don't cause symptoms such as burning, itching, and a heavy, achy feeling. If yours do bother you, talk to your doc. ...Read more