If you are dealing with abnormal veins, you may be experiencing a variety of different symptoms that affect the quality of your life. Because these conditions tend to get worse over time, you may wonder how long you should wait before making an appointment with a vein specialist. Below is some information to help you understand vein conditions and decide if the time is right for you to make your first appointment.
About Abnormal Veins
Abnormal veins usually develop when the valves that control blood flow in the veins stop working properly. When these valves don’t function correctly, blood can flow backward and/or pool in the vein. Abnormal veins fall into two basic categories: spider veins and varicose veins. While spider veins are small, web-like veins that are visible from the surface of the skin, varicose veins are much larger and more likely to be painful. Varicose veins may also be swollen and raised.
Patients with spider veins may not experience any symptoms aside from the appearance of the veins under the skin. However, patients with varicose veins often report additional symptoms, such as tingling, cramping, burning, weakness, restlessness, numbness and general discomfort.
Treating Abnormal Veins at Home
If you have noticed the symptoms of abnormal veins, you may begin by trying to treat the problem at home. Common at-home treatments for abnormal veins include compression stockings and elevation of the legs. If you are overweight, losing some weight may also alleviate some of your symptoms.
If you have tried these at-home treatment methods with little success, or if you think your condition is too severe for at-home treatment, it may be time to make an appointment with a vein specialist.
How Can a Vein Specialist Help?
Visiting an experienced vein doctor for abnormal vein treatment can help in a number of ways. First, the specialist will be able to examine your veins and diagnose them accurately. The doctor will also be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for the different types of vein treatments available from the clinic. At Columbus Vein Center, people with abnormal veins have access to the following procedures:
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- VNUS closure
- Endovenous laser treatment
Each of these treatment options offers different advantages and disadvantages for patients. Vein specialists can tell you which of these options is most appropriate for you. To learn more about vein treatment, please make an appointment at Columbus Vein Center today.