Your Dark & Bulging Veins Can Be a Sign of a Deeper Issue
Do your legs have any dark and bulging veins? Do you ever wonder if this is more than just a cosmetic problem? If so, the answer is yes.
If you start seeing development of bulging veins in your legs, it’s best to get this seen as soon as possible. Veins that begin to appear twisted and above the skin, like ropes, are clear symptoms of varicose veins. This is because the faulty valves in your veins cause increased pressure in your legs and will result in the veins protruding above the skin. Oftentimes, they’re dark purple, blue, and red, and can cause the skin to discolor around the veins as well.
Other symptoms to be aware of that can’t be visually seen are throbbing, aching, or cramping in your legs, along with an uncomfortable and “heavy” feeling. This pain is often increased after long periods of sitting or standing. If you start to notice increased pain or swelling, itching around your veins, this may signal a potentially more serious problem if not immediately addressed.
So what can varicose veins cause if left untreated?
Recent research suggests that your faulty veins can eventually rupture or develop into serious ulcers on your skin. This will require significant treatment. You are also modestly more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis which is when a blood clot forms in the deeper veins which are fed by the bulging veins. This can cause severe leg pain and swelling (though some may not experience any symptoms of this at all). However, if the blood clot breaks away in your vein and travels to your lungs, this is known as a pulmonary embolism. This is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
If you’d like to learn more about treatment options for your varicose veins, visit our website to schedule an appointment with a board certified physician at Virginia Vein Care. You can also get started immediately with our new online vein screening. All screenings are reviewed and responded to by one of our doctors.