What Happens If You Leave Varicose Veins Untreated?

If varicose veins are left untreated there are a variety of potential symptoms that can arise with severity differing from person to person. Depending on the severity of your vein disease, you may only experience minor irritation from the condition. However, there are a few symptoms that you should beware of and seek advice from a vein doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Hyperpigmentation describes darkening of the skin that receives its oxygen from the affected vein. When the valves that allow oxygen-depleted blood to circulate back to the heart shut down, this blood pools in the lower extremities. Veins are not designed to withstand pressure of this kind so when it occurs blood can leak into the tissues of the leg, causing swelling, inflammation and discolored skin pigmentation.
  • Venous leg ulcers are the result of the same problem that causes hyperpigmentation. When red blood cells continuously leak into the lower leg tissues, they can end up breaking down the skin itself to form a painful ulcer. These ulcers are difficult to heal and oftentimes will not heal until the varicose veins are treated.
  • Spontaneous bleeding can occur when the skin becomes damaged to the point that the vein itself is exposed. If punctured, the result can include significant, though usually painless, blood loss.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to inflamed veins just below the skin's surface that are caused by decreased blood circulation through clotting or damage. This causes redness, swelling and pain in the area of the vein.
  • Lipodermatosclerosis is a result of venous insufficiency that can lead to hardening and discoloration of the skin, as well as pain and swelling around the ankle.

Medicus Vein Care offers comprehensive vein care in Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas. Our medical staff will walk you through each step of diagnosis and treatment so that you feel comfortable with every procedure. Contact us today by phone or request an appointment online to get started!

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