Varicose and spider veins are a major cause of pain and discomfort for a lot of people. While some patients might try some home treatments, the best option is to see a vein specialist who will diagnose your condition and offer the treatment you require. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause mild or moderate pain, skin ulcers, blood clots or other complications. The following are some symptoms that warrant a visit to our Atlanta vein specialist.
Bulging or twisted veins
If you notice the appearance of bulging or twisted veins under the skin, then you might be suffering from venous disease. These veins are easily visible because they seem to be abnormally big beneath the skin.
Blue or dark purple veins and skin discoloration
A patient might also notice a change in the color of veins under the skin. These veins appear to have a dark purple or blue color, which is unusual. This is a clear indication that you need to see a vein specialist who will help to diagnose your condition. You might also notice skin discoloration in certain sections of your legs. This is an early sign of varicose or spider veins.
Swelling, pain and heaviness in your legs
If your legs have started swelling and become painful, there may be some underlying problem with your veins. This swelling causes your legs to feel heavy, and walking becomes more difficult. Some patients also experience continuous itchiness around a particular leg vein. Do not wait for the problem to aggravate; this is a clear symptom of vein problems. Visit our vein specialist as soon as you start experiencing such problems.
Leg cramps or Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
There are instances when a person feels an involuntary or uncontrollable need to move the legs. This condition normally occurs at night during bedtime. Lack of the right nutrients such as magnesium or potassium can cause this restlessness, but this frequent movement of the legs is also another common symptom of varicose veins. Restless Leg Syndrome is common during pregnancy, so it is important for pregnant women to consider a visit to a vein specialist when they notice such behavior.