Three things that could happen if you ignore your varicose veins

89862277_MWe all know that varicose veins are common. Nearly 23% of US adults have varicose veins, affecting almost 22 million women and 11 million men between 40-80 years old. That’s a lot of people! So why don’t we hear about varicose veins more? There is a common myth that varicose veins are simply a part of growing older and only a cosmetic nuisance. Sure, they look terrible, but they aren’t all that harmful, right? Wrong!

Varicose veins are a warning sign from your body. These vein issues develop when your veins begin to weaken, specifically the valves in your veins. As a result, blood flows back in your legs, clogs, and forms the twisted, gnarled purplish raised veins known as varicose veins. When the problem becomes pronounced, you may notice a cluster of raised veins. These clusters are signs to you that your vein system is under stress and underperforming.

The only way to fix the problem is to get your varicose veins treated and remove the affected tissue. Otherwise, the problem will get worse. But what exactly will get worse? Do you need treatment, or can you ignore the problem since it’s just a cosmetic issue? The answer is no. Varicose veins require immediate treatment. Otherwise, your vein issues will only get worse. Here are the three things that can happen if you ignore your varicose veins.

  • You will face increased leg pain, swelling, and discomfort. Varicose veins don’t just look bad, but they are also painful. They can cause leg pain, swelling, skin irritations and make daily activities intolerable. All of these problems will get worse without treatment. In addition, the longer you leave your varicose veins, the more painful it will be to stand for long periods, exercise, walk, and even sleep!
  • You may develop chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when widespread vein damage and breakdowns are caused by weakened vein tissue. The more veins that are affected, the more widespread the problem will become, leading to increased pain, swelling, and discomfort.
  • You may develop venous ulcers. A venous ulcer is an ugly, open sore caused by a complete vein tissue breakdown. These ulcers are severe and painful. They can cause spontaneous bleeding and are very difficult to heal.

These are the three most common side effects in patients who have left their varicose vein issue fester. More serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, or lipodermatosclerosis are also possible. These conditions are invasive, uncomfortable, and difficult to recover from, whereas treatment for varicose veins is easy to recover from and fast. The choice is simple if you want to avoid expensive treatments and painful recovery, get your varicose veins treated before these severe conditions develop. It’s the best way to stay healthy and keep your vascular system strong.