Veins are the blood vessels in the body that carry blood back to the heart as it circulates throughout the body. There are a number of problems that people can experience that originate with some type of vein disorder. Two of the most well-known problems are varicose veins and spider veins. The main difference in the two is that spider veins occur in smaller blood vessels, and they usually occur in veins that are closer to the skin.
People who have veins that look swollen and red or blue should consult with our vein specialist to find out what treatment options are available and whether or not treatment is necessary. Sometimes, appearance is the reason people seek treatment. This is especially true with spider veins because they typically do not pose any other health risks.
Varicose veins are more common in the legs than any other part of the body. People with them should see our vein specialist if the skin over one of these veins begins to bleed on its own. The same is true if the leg starts to swell and hurt. This could be an indication of a blood clot in a vein deep within the tissue. If this is the case, immediate medical attention is necessary.
Another possible indication of a blood clot is the development of a lump that is tender. This could also be caused by inflammation in the vein. While the inflammation is not likely to cause immediate danger, it could still require treatment to clear it up.
Leg cramps could be a sign that there is a problem with the veins. Veins contain check valves that keep the blood flowing in the right direction. In the case of the legs, the blood in the veins flows upward towards the heart. If these valves are not working properly, the blood could flow backwards and begin to pool in the legs, especially the lower part and around the ankles. This condition needs to be evaluated by a vein specialist. Legs that are restless can be another indication that there is a problem with which a vein specialist could help.
Another reason for seeing our vein specialist is when a compression stocking is being used as a control method for varicose veins or another condition and the stocking has become uncomfortable. Our vein specialist may be able to come up with a treatment option that will allow the compression stocking to be discontinued. If the compression stocking or other home treatment has not helped, our specialist should be consulted as well.
At the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, our vein specialists are committed to providing exceptional care to individuals in the McAllen, Palmhurst, Pharr and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about how our vein specialists can help you.