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About Varicose Veins

The Kimmel Institute

About Varicose Veins, Symptoms, Treatment Overview

What are Varicose Veins?

The term varicose vein refers 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.

Signs and Symptoms

Bulging, cord-like, twisted, soft, blue-to-purple swellings are seen on the legs, anywhere from the groin to the ankle. Common symptoms include aching, leg fatigue and heaviness, itching, throbbing, night cramps, restless legs and ankle swelling. Some people also complain of burning and muscle cramping. Conservative measures such as walking, compression hose and leg elevation may temporarily improve these symptoms.

What causes Varicose Veins?

The causes of varicose veins may be different for different people. 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. The experienced staff 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 free vein screening from one of our ultrasound staff. Varicose vein problems are usually easy to treat, and we can help.

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