If you have some sort of vascular condition, you may be questioning what treatment methods are available. You also may be wondering what the effects will be if you let the veins go untreated. The answer to this question depends on what the particular vein disorder is and what symptoms you may be experiencing in the untreated veins.
Spider veins occur when the tiny blood vessels that are near the skin become enlarged and are visible. When seen through the skin, they often appear red, blue or purple. Seldom does a single vein appear. What shows up is usually a cluster of small vessels that are interwoven together, much like the web of a spider.
Spider veins appear most commonly on the face, legs and chest. Other than appearance, spider veins rarely contribute to other health conditions. However, many people seek treatment to eliminate them because of their appearance.
Varicose veins fall into the same general category as spider veins, but the condition refers to larger veins. Like spider veins, they are frequently visible through the skin. They can resemble cords as they twist and turn, often bulging out from the skin.
The most common location for varicose veins is the legs. This is because the blood in the leg veins has a long way to travel as it is returned to the heart and lungs. The veins contain valves that are there to help prevent the blood from flowing backwards. This tendency is stronger in the leg veins because the natural flow is in a direction that is against the pull of gravity for much of the time. If these valves fail to function properly, blood can begin to back up and pool in the vessels. This puts added pressure on the walls of the veins and causes them to enlarge and become varicose.
Like spider veins, many people seek treatment for varicose veins because of the appearance issues they can cause. For some people, appearance is the only issue. Other people, however, experience symptoms like pain, numbness and swelling in the legs and around the ankles. The discomfort is usually worse for people who spend much of their day standing or in an otherwise stationary position. These people can usually find some relief if it is possible to prop their feet up.
People who have varicose veins that are left untreated are at a higher risk for developing blood clots. This can put a person at risk for other problems, especially if the clot should travel to the heart or one of the lungs.
If you have untreated veins, you should have them evaluated by our specialist at the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, even if you are not bothered by their appearance. There are a number of treatment options available. They can be done on an outpatient basis and require little or no downtime. Let our team help you determine which method is best for you. Our office is located in Libertyville, IL, and we happily serve the Chicago, IL and surrounding cities as well. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.