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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE YOUR VARICOSE VEINS

You may have spotted visible veins on your legs but you may not think they are anything to worry about. Especially if they’re not bulging and really obvious, or causing you pain.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Does your skin itch where there are visible veins in your leg(s)?
  • Do you have dry skin where the visible veins are?
  • Do you suffer from restless legs?
  • Do you have puffy feet or ankles?
  • Do you get muscle cramps in your leg(s) – especially at night?
  • Do you experience burning or throbbing in your leg(s)?
  • Do you have worse symptoms during warm weather, or after standing for a long time?

LEFT UNTREATED, VARICOSE VEIN SYMPTOMS CAN ESCALATE

Over time, if varicose veins are left untreated, the skin around them can break and you can develop sores which are at risk of getting infected. The pain or discomfort can also get worse, and you may have difficulty sleeping.

Don’t delay in consulting your doctor, if you recognise some or all of the symptoms above. The COVID-19 pandemic has deterred many people from seeking medical advice about their health but safety measures are in place to protect patients from the risk of transmission. You can start off by contacting your doctor online or by telephone.

You may then be asked to go into your doctor’s surgery and see your doctor face to face. Every measure possible will be taken to protect you and others in the surgery. If your doctor decides that you need treatment for your veins, there is even the possibility of an outpatient procedure which is quick and does not involve staying on a hospital ward.

Read about the treatment options for varicose veins

DURING COVID-19, DO NOT IGNORE CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY (CVI) SYMPTOMS

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS, ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT CVI SCREENING!

EARLIER TREATMENT LEADS TO BETTER OUTCOMES

A recent study showed that patients who received early vein closure treatment along with compression stocking therapy for venous leg ulcers experienced:
 
  • Significantly shorter time to healing;
  • Extended time free from ulcers.