When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you have
varicose veins and:
- Your leg suddenly becomes swollen and painful.
You might have a blood clot in a deep vein, which can be serious and may need
- Skin over a varicose vein begins to bleed on its
own or when it is injured. The skin over varicose veins is often thin and can
bleed heavily. If this happens, elevate your leg and apply pressure directly to
the vein to stop the bleeding.
- Your leg has a tender lump. This
could be a clot or inflammation in a vein just under the skin, which is usually
not dangerous but may need treatment.
- You develop an open sore
- Your varicose vein symptoms don't improve with home treatment, or
there are symptoms you are concerned about.
Varicose veins are common and are generally not
a serious health problem. With a doctor keeping an eye on the condition, most
people can manage varicose veins with home treatment, such as exercising,
wearing compression stockings, and elevating the legs.
Who to see
Primary care doctors (including
family medicine doctors, and
general practitioners) can diagnose, treat, and
monitor varicose veins and most of the complications they may cause.
Minimally invasive procedures or surgery may be done by:
surgeon who specializes in blood vessel problems
- Other doctors with
special training and experience in treating varicose veins.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
February 1, 2012
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