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What are the signs you have varicose veins?

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
8 doctors agree

In brief: Varicose veins

Bulging veins or just spider veins Swelling discomfort tired legs dry skin itchy skin

In brief: Varicose veins

Bulging veins or just spider veins Swelling discomfort tired legs dry skin itchy skin
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Kevin Taubman
The clinical manifestations of chronic venous insufficiency include a continuum of several possible features. Of this, varicose veins ranging from spider veins and venous angiomas to larger clusters of varicose veins. Edema is a common problem as well but other additional characteristics of more advanced venous disease can include such things as dermatosclerosis, lichenification, and ulcers. In some of these patients there is a significant overlap.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Bulging veins

Varicose veins are bulging wormy-appearing veins, generally of the legs.
They will typically get larger when you stand and then shrink up when you elevate your legs and drain the blood from the legs. You can sometimes have associated swelling, an itchy rash, hyperpigmentation of the skin, or even an ulcer or open wound with severe cases. If you aren't sure, i would recommend you see your doc.

In brief: Bulging veins

Varicose veins are bulging wormy-appearing veins, generally of the legs.
They will typically get larger when you stand and then shrink up when you elevate your legs and drain the blood from the legs. You can sometimes have associated swelling, an itchy rash, hyperpigmentation of the skin, or even an ulcer or open wound with severe cases. If you aren't sure, i would recommend you see your doc.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Various

Varicose veins are usually evident as blue bulging veins, larger than 3 mm, on the legs.
There are cases when the varicose veins may be below the skin and not visible. In such cases a tip off might be the presence of certain leg symptoms, such as leg fatigue, heaviness, or night cramps. Other signs can include swelling of the leg, leg eczema, and inflammation or ulceration of the ankle area.

In brief: Various

Varicose veins are usually evident as blue bulging veins, larger than 3 mm, on the legs.
There are cases when the varicose veins may be below the skin and not visible. In such cases a tip off might be the presence of certain leg symptoms, such as leg fatigue, heaviness, or night cramps. Other signs can include swelling of the leg, leg eczema, and inflammation or ulceration of the ankle area.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Appearance first

The first sign that you have varicose veins is that you can see them. They are can large or small and fairly straight or very squiggley.
They are usually below the knee, but can be in the thigh as well. Initially, they might be completely painless but the longer you have them, the more likely they are to cause pain, heaviness, cramping, tiredness, fatigue, throbbing, itching, and swelling.

In brief: Appearance first

The first sign that you have varicose veins is that you can see them. They are can large or small and fairly straight or very squiggley.
They are usually below the knee, but can be in the thigh as well. Initially, they might be completely painless but the longer you have them, the more likely they are to cause pain, heaviness, cramping, tiredness, fatigue, throbbing, itching, and swelling.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Bulging Veins Legs

Visible bulging blue veins beneath the surface of the skin indicate varicose vein disease.
There may be symptoms of pain, achiness, fatigue, swelling, itching, or pressure in the legs. Other signs can include brown pigmentation developing on the ankles or feet, swelling of legs, some pink or red discoloration or even a rash around the ankles / lower legs, hardening of the skin, or tenderness.

In brief: Bulging Veins Legs

Visible bulging blue veins beneath the surface of the skin indicate varicose vein disease.
There may be symptoms of pain, achiness, fatigue, swelling, itching, or pressure in the legs. Other signs can include brown pigmentation developing on the ankles or feet, swelling of legs, some pink or red discoloration or even a rash around the ankles / lower legs, hardening of the skin, or tenderness.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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