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About Varicose Veins

A Comprehensive Guide to Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?

The term varicose vein refes to abnormal and unwanted veins that vary in size from small spider veins up to larger bulging varicose veins. Spider veins commonly occur on the legs, face and other areas. Varicose veins occur on the legs. Common symptoms include aching, leg fatigue and heaviness, itching, throbbing, night cramps, restless legs and ankle swelling. Conservative measures such as walking, compression hose and leg elevation may temporarily improve these symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Bulging, cord-like, twisted, soft, blue-to-purple swellings are seen on the legs, anywhere from the groin to the ankle. Many times there are no symptoms, but some people complain of burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, swelling, or an achy or heavy feeling in the legs.

What causes Varicose Veins?

The causes of varicose veins are unclear. However, some factors have been identified that may contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins: family history of varicose veins, female hormones (internally produced or taken by prescription), pregnancy, trauma, age, obesity, and prolonged standing. Extensive exposure to the sun may also cause spider veins on the face, another good reason to wear sunscreen in our South Florida sun. Varicose veins affect one out of two people over age 50. They are more common in women than men.

Why treat Varicose Veins, even if they don’t hurt?

Phlebitis, thrombosis (blood clots), spontaneous bleeding and skin ulcers are complications of varicose vein disease. Also, if varicose veins are left untreated, smaller abnormal veins may increase in number and are associated with worsening symptoms.

How many treatments are necessary to remove Varicose Veins?

The severity and extent of each case will determine how many treatments are required. Dr. Kimmel personally examines each patient to decide on the appropriate type and schedule of care. Please call our Boca Raton office for a physician consultation or a vein screening of your Varicose Vein problems.