Varicose and spider veins are the two most common types of vein disease. Both are usually visible through the skin. However, they can vary in the symptoms they produce. In fact, spider veins usually do not produce any symptoms at all, and varicose veins sometimes do not either. However, the symptoms of vein disease are often enough to make life uncomfortable. Plus, the condition can put you at risk for other health problems.
Some of the symptoms of vein disease include swelling, especially in the lower parts of the legs and around the ankles. There can also be some amount of itching and burning. Many people also experience numbness or tingling. These symptoms are more likely to be present in people who spend most of the day seated. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you may be more susceptible to having them as well. In addition, the symptoms are likely to become more intense later in the day.
If you have difficulty walking, or if your legs feel heavy or tired frequently, you might want to make an appointment with us to evaluate whether or not you may have some type of vein disease. Other things that should prompt you to schedule a visit include restlessness in one or both legs or muscle cramps, especially when they occur at night.
Varicose veins develop when the blood is not flowing through the vessels as it should. Instead, it begins to pool inside the veins, causing them to enlarge. This can happen because the valves in the veins quit working correctly. They are there to act as check valves that only allow the blood to flow in one direction toward the heart and lungs. In the legs, this means the natural blood flow is against the pull of gravity most of the time. With faulty valves, the blood can back up inside the veins. The pooling that happens as a result puts pressure against the inside walls and makes the vessels become enlarged.
Spider veins develop when there is a blood flow problem in the smaller vessels, or capillaries. They can appear as lines that weave together like the strands of a spider web and become visible through the skin. They can be red, blue or purple. While varicose veins usually only occur in the legs, spider veins can occur in the legs, chest or face. Even though they seldom cause symptoms, they are commonly treated because of the cosmetic issues they create.
If you have symptoms of vein disease, you should check with our specialists about the importance of having them treated. There are a variety of methods available. We offer treatments such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy and microphlebectomy.
Sclerotherapy is the oldest treatment method for varicose and spider vein treatment. It is done by injecting a solution into the targeted veins to make them close off. Lasers are widely used as well. The laser energy can be directed toward the problem veins without harming other tissue. Both of these treatments, as well as many others, can be done as outpatient procedures in our office.
At the Premier Vein Institute, our medical experts spend every day helping patients treat their vein disease from our offices in Tampa, Riverview and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with us and get started.