You may not have symptoms with
varicose veins. Most people identify varicose veins by
the appearance of twisted, swollen, bluish veins just beneath the skin.
If you have symptoms of varicose veins, they tend to be mild and may
- A dull ache, burning, or heaviness in the legs.
These symptoms may be more noticeable late in the day or after you have been
sitting or standing for a long time.
- Mild swelling, usually
involving the feet and ankles only.
- Itching skin over the varicose
More severe symptoms or complications include:
- A buildup of fluid and swelling in the
- Significant swelling and calf pain after sitting or standing
for a long time.
- Skin color changes (stasis pigmentation) around the ankles and lower legs.
stretched, swollen, itching, or scaling skin.
thrombophlebitis (when a blood clot and inflammation
develop in a small vein near the surface of the skin).
- Open sores
- Bleeding and/or bruising after a minor
Symptoms of varicose veins may become more severe a few
days before and during a woman's menstrual period.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
February 1, 2012
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