Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that often appear blue or purple and are visible just beneath the surface of the skin.

While they are commonly seen as a cosmetic concern, untreated varicose veins can lead to several complications and negatively impact your overall health. Here’s an overview of what can happen when varicose veins are left untreated:

  1. Pain and Discomfort: Varicose veins can cause pain, aching, and discomfort, especially after long periods of standing or sitting. The veins may throb, itch, or feel heavy, making daily activities challenging and affecting your quality of life.
  2. Blood Clots: Untreated varicose veins increase the risk of blood clots, a condition known as superficial thrombophlebitis. When blood clots form within the affected veins, they can cause pain, swelling, and redness. If a blood clot dislodges and travels to deeper veins, it can lead to a more serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which requires immediate medical attention.
  3. Ulcers: Varicose veins can lead to the development of venous ulcers, particularly in the lower legs. These ulcers are open sores that are difficult to heal and can become infected. They can be painful and limit your mobility.
  4. Skin Changes: Over time, varicose veins can cause changes in the skin surrounding the affected area. The skin may become discolored, appear red or brown, and feel dry and itchy. The skin may also become thin and easily injured, leading to bleeding or the formation of ulcers.
  5. Bleeding: Varicose veins close to the surface of the skin can rupture and cause bleeding, which can be difficult to control. Although the bleeding is usually not severe, it can be alarming and may require medical attention.
  6. Increased Vein Severity: If left untreated, varicose veins tend to worsen over time. They can become larger, more prominent, and cause more discomfort. Early intervention can help prevent the progression of varicose veins and their associated complications.
  7. Reduced Quality of Life: Varicose veins can impact your self-esteem and body image, causing emotional distress and a reduced quality of life. You may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your legs and avoid activities or clothing that expose the affected area.

It’s important to note that not all varicose veins require treatment, especially if they are not causing symptoms or complications. However, if you experience pain, discomfort, or any of the complications mentioned above, you should contact Vein Specialists of the Carolinas. We can evaluate your condition, provide appropriate treatment options, and help you manage and prevent further complications associated with varicose veins.

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