Veins are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart so that it can be cleaned of waste and replenished with oxygen and nutrients. The veins in the legs are working against gravity, so they are often subject to problems. Valves line the insides of the veins to prevent backwards flow and keep blood pumping toward the heart.
Vein disease causes these blood-controlling valves to weaken. This leads to the swelling and bulging of the veins, which causes a wide range of problems. Here are some of the signs of developing vein disease:
- Varicose veins: The first sign of vein disease is the common problem of varicose veins. These are superficial veins that may be red, blue, or purple. They are twisted and often bulge from the surface of the skin. Removing varicose veins early may reduce the chances of further problems and restore the health of your circulatory system.
- Pain: When vein conditions get to a more serious stage, they will often cause pain and heaviness in the legs. This is often worse when standing or sitting for long periods of time. The pain may be achiness through the whole leg or cramping in a specific area.
- Swelling: As the veins become enlarged, inflammation will occur in surrounding tissues and cause the legs to swell. This can be very uncomfortable and often requires that the legs be elevated for temporary relief.
- Skin rash: Itching and redness are common skin irritations that occur with vein disease. Outbreaks of scaly rashes on the legs and a hardening of the skin are also seen in some patients. In severe cases, ulcers may develop that are very painful and slow healing.
For more information about vein disease symptoms call Lone Star Vein Center in Houston. We can diagnose and treat your vein disease so that you can resume your favorite activities with ease. Our non-invasive and painless treatments are administered by Board Certified Surgeon Dr. Peter Morgan who has extensive experience in venous procedures. Schedule a consultation to discuss your symptoms by calling (281) 661-1491.