Is your body trying to tell you something? If you experience any itchy veins regularly, you may be missing an important message about your health. You could have varicose veins, a painful condition that can lead to severe problems if left untreated.
At United Vein Centers, varicose and spider vein removal is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that will have you back on your feet in no time. Our Chicago office is staffed with board-certified specialists who use state-of-the-art technology dedicated to our patients’ vascular health. That is why patient education is one of our top priorities.
Read on to learn more about varicose veins and their symptoms and what you can do to get better.
Brief Anatomy Of Itchy Veins
Veins are a part of your circulatory system and are responsible for moving blood from the heart throughout the body. Once the blood reaches your legs, it works against gravity to return to your heart.
Valves on your veins’ interior open as blood flows towards the heart, and close to keep blood from moving backwards. When the valves weaken or become damaged, blood pools in the vein.
Veins can be damaged by the effects of pregnancy, occupational hazards, and sometimes genetic disposition.
In some cases, people develop varicose veins without experiencing symptoms. Others do. Inflammation is believed to play a role in the level of symptoms a patient experiences, with higher inflammation levels increasing the severity of symptoms.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Itching is commonly associated with varicose veins, but there are others. As cases advance, the skin’s appearance changes with darker pigmentation and dry, flaking skin being common visual signs.
As inflammation increases and symptoms become more severe, swelling and throbbing can set in. Itching often worsens, and the legs can develop open wounds known as venous ulcers.
As you read through these symptoms, you may conclude that a bit of itching is not such a big deal by comparison. A recent study tracking the symptoms of varicose veins found that of the five common symptoms – heaviness, aching, throbbing, itching, and swelling – itching is indicative of the most advanced cases.
Varicose Veins Are More Than A Cosmetic Issue
It may be tempting to ignore varicose veins, thinking they are simply a cosmetic issue. Complications, though rare, can and do occur.
Varicose veins can lead to ulcers that can be painful and put you at risk of infection. On occasion, veins can become enlarged and lead to blood clots known as thrombophlebitis. Finally, veins can burst, causing minor bleeding and requiring medical attention.
All of this can be easily avoided with varicose and spider vein removal. Although some patients are nervous at the thought of undergoing any medical procedure, they are quickly put at ease when they learn the removal process is performed in-office. This minimally-invasive procedure can be quickly performed, allowing you to return to work later that same day.
If you have itchy veins in your leg that will not quit, do not ignore it! Your body might be trying to tell you something that you need to hear. United Vein Centers are conveniently located in Chicago and across the country, and we specialize in performing a spider vein removal process that will get you back to work later that same day. Request your free screening today!