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Varicose veins getting worst.Having black spots on my leg already spreading.Is this serious?
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Dr. Michael Leary
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Skin discoloration can be a sign serious vein problems, usually dark brown, or dark red.
These skin lesions can lead to ulceration. You need to have a duplex ultrasound and work up by someone experienced in vein disease. Once treated, many times the skin will become healthy again, and sometimes even become more normal in appearance.

In brief: Maybe
Skin discoloration can be a sign serious vein problems, usually dark brown, or dark red.
These skin lesions can lead to ulceration. You need to have a duplex ultrasound and work up by someone experienced in vein disease. Once treated, many times the skin will become healthy again, and sometimes even become more normal in appearance.
Dr. Michael Leary
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Could be
It sounds as though you are starting to develop evidence of chronic venous insufficiency with venous hyperpigmentation, as the others have discussed very nicely.
The first thing you need to do is to get yourself into a pair of prescription compression stockings, as dr. Albers said. I would recommend 30-40 mmhg. You also need to see a vein specialist for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.

In brief: Could be
It sounds as though you are starting to develop evidence of chronic venous insufficiency with venous hyperpigmentation, as the others have discussed very nicely.
The first thing you need to do is to get yourself into a pair of prescription compression stockings, as dr. Albers said. I would recommend 30-40 mmhg. You also need to see a vein specialist for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.
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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Venous Stasis Stains
Venous stasis disease involves stagnation of the venous blood flow, resulting in a pooling of blood in the lower extremities.
Iron is deposited into the skin resulting in brown staining of the skin. This can result in breakdown of the skin to frank ulceration with years of stasis. Compression therapy is very helpful along with laser closure of the varicose veins. Ultrasound review is a must.

In brief: Venous Stasis Stains
Venous stasis disease involves stagnation of the venous blood flow, resulting in a pooling of blood in the lower extremities.
Iron is deposited into the skin resulting in brown staining of the skin. This can result in breakdown of the skin to frank ulceration with years of stasis. Compression therapy is very helpful along with laser closure of the varicose veins. Ultrasound review is a must.
Dr. James White
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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varicose veins
Varicose veins are due to underlying venous insufficiency or reflux, which will never improve or go away on its own, and can only get worse.
So down the road it could become serious, if not already. You should be seen by an experienced vein specialist, who can determine the cause of your problem, and the best way to treat it. The good news is that almost all vein treatments are minimally invasive.

In brief: Varicose veins
Varicose veins are due to underlying venous insufficiency or reflux, which will never improve or go away on its own, and can only get worse.
So down the road it could become serious, if not already. You should be seen by an experienced vein specialist, who can determine the cause of your problem, and the best way to treat it. The good news is that almost all vein treatments are minimally invasive.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
Dr. Craig Schwartz
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Compression stocking are the best first line of treatment, along with elevating your legs at rest. If these are not helping, there are a number of treatments to reduce the size and discomfort from the veins. General surgeons and vein specialists will often treat these problems.
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