Varicose veins have a different appearance from spider veins which are tiny veins which do not bulge out of the skin. However, the underlying problem for both is “venous insufficiency” or abnormal backward flow of venous blood. Symptoms include pain, aching, fatigue, swelling, leg heaviness, burning, and itching. Medical attention should be sought whenever these symptoms are present. By resting, elevating, or supporting the legs, these symptoms can be relieved for short periods of time. If the venous insufficiency becomes more severe and is left untreated it can lead to progressively severe problems called “venous stasis changes”. This results in the overlying skin tissue to be damaged by the pooling of blood. Early symptoms include swelling and skin discoloration. If the condition worsens, it may cause the skin to break down and lead to open sores and ulcers.
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