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Are varicose veins dangerous?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree
In brief: Varicose Veins
For most individuals, varicose veins are typically not considered dangerous.
But for those with severe disease that is left untreated for many years, it can lead to some significant medical problems such as chronic leg swelling / edema, leg pain, or even venous stasis ulcers. Sometimes you can also have significant bleeding from ruptured veins when the skin breaks down over the veins. Phlebitis or clots are another possible complication.

In brief: Varicose Veins
For most individuals, varicose veins are typically not considered dangerous.
But for those with severe disease that is left untreated for many years, it can lead to some significant medical problems such as chronic leg swelling / edema, leg pain, or even venous stasis ulcers. Sometimes you can also have significant bleeding from ruptured veins when the skin breaks down over the veins. Phlebitis or clots are another possible complication.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
Varicose veins may be asymptomatic or symptomatic.
While varicose veins/venous insufficiency can sometimes result in superficial thrombophlebitis (blood clots), ulceration, bleeding...These conditions are not generally dangerous per se and can be treated quite effectively by a vein specialist/phlebologist.

In brief: Not usually
Varicose veins may be asymptomatic or symptomatic.
While varicose veins/venous insufficiency can sometimes result in superficial thrombophlebitis (blood clots), ulceration, bleeding...These conditions are not generally dangerous per se and can be treated quite effectively by a vein specialist/phlebologist.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Could be.
Varicose veins are for the most part not dangerous but they do have a problematic potential.
Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves in the saphenous system and usually cause symptoms of aching, heaviness, tired, cramping or leg swelling. These same veins can worsen and cause clots, bleeding and venous stasis ultimately leading to venous ulcers it is wise to see a vein specialist early.

In brief: Could be.
Varicose veins are for the most part not dangerous but they do have a problematic potential.
Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves in the saphenous system and usually cause symptoms of aching, heaviness, tired, cramping or leg swelling. These same veins can worsen and cause clots, bleeding and venous stasis ultimately leading to venous ulcers it is wise to see a vein specialist early.
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can be
If you have longstanding, untreated varicose veins and complications that we call chronic venous insufficiency, you can develop a venous leg ulcer from that.
Although not usually even potentially dangerous, unless they become infected (which is rare), they can be very difficult to deal with. Phlebitis is more common in varicose veins and it is possible to get a deep vein thrombus from that.

In brief: Can be
If you have longstanding, untreated varicose veins and complications that we call chronic venous insufficiency, you can develop a venous leg ulcer from that.
Although not usually even potentially dangerous, unless they become infected (which is rare), they can be very difficult to deal with. Phlebitis is more common in varicose veins and it is possible to get a deep vein thrombus from that.
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