Symptoms for varicose veins and other vein diseases come in many forms and should be taken seriously. Sometimes symptoms including bulging veins, blue veins and enlarged veins) are indicative of an underlying condition (venus reflux), which, if not treated, can progressively get worse.
Most vein symptoms are worse at the end of the day, during menstrual cycles, in hot weather and with prolonged standing or sitting. Symptoms are often improved with leg elevation, aerobic activity and compression stockings. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms in your legs, schedule a consultation.
Swelling or edema may occur in the lower part of the leg, usually around the ankle or feet. This is often more pronounced after long periods of sitting or standing. Swelling often indicates vein problems occurring below the surface of the skin. A consultation with a vein specialist should be sought.
Bulging & Enlarged Veins
Bulging veins that are swollen and raised above the skin surface (generally called "varicose veins") can occur anywhere on the leg, but are most commonly found on the inner thigh and/or on the inner lower leg or calf. They are often described as 'ropey' in appearance.
Red or Blue Veins
Red or blue veins found closer to the skin's surface (generally called 'spider veins') vary in size and appear with web-like branches.
Burning or Throbbing Veins
Sensations of muscles cramping and veins that are warm to the touch.
Bleeding may be due to a ruptured surface vein, or more rarely can be associated with a venus ulcer, one of the most severe forms of vein disease. This most often occurs in the lower leg or ankle. You should elevate your leg, apply pressure over the bleeding site and seek medical help immediately.
Change of skin color (darkening) in areas around the affected veins. Can be brown or red and is often shiny. Certain conditions can cause whitening or hardening of the skin.
Severe tenderness of your veins. Sensitive to touch.
Tired, Heavy, Aching
A dull ache that feels sluggish. Often more prominent at night.
An irritated rash or strong itching sensation on or near your veins. This can lead to severe cases of dry skin and can be a form of eczema.
Lack of sensation. A tingling feeling.