4 Reasons Its Important to Pay Attention to What Your Veins Look Like

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By South Valley Vascular
December 6, 2022

Most people don’t think about their veins or vein health every day. But taking a bit of time to pay attention to your veins’ appearance can spare you from pain or worse in the long term. Several vein disorders exist which can cause health complications and chronic discomfort. But you can treat these conditions and minimize symptoms if you know what to look for. Here are some important things to look out for when it comes to your vein health.

Varicose Veins and Related Ailments

Varicose veins are large, twisted veins, commonly occurring in the legs. Varicose veins can affect circulation and cause severe discomfort. People suffering from varicose veins report a wide range of physical symptoms. These include burning, aching, itching, heaviness, throbbing, or swelling. Many people also report worsened symptoms after sitting or standing for long periods.

Varicose veins are usually noticeable and can be identified by darkened or bulging veins on the legs. While some cases are easy to spot, this is not always the case. If you are feeling any of the above physical symptoms, it could be worth it to look at your veins. Visible signs of varicose veins may be subtle, but if you know what to look for, you can begin treating the condition quickly.

There are several treatment options available for varicose veins, including surgical procedures to remove or repair the veins. Varicose veins are rarely associated with more serious health complications. But they are highly uncomfortable to live with, and also raise cosmetic concerns. There are also a few other conditions related to varicose veins.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but with different visual characteristics. Spider veins get their name because they tend to resemble the shape of a spider’s web. These are visible as smaller, twisted blood vessels on the skin’s surface. Spider veins can appear red, blue, or purple. Spider veins can be treated in many of the same ways as varicose veins. Read more about spider veins here.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome affects millions of people worldwide. There are many potential causes of restless leg syndrome. But varicose veins have been strongly linked to restless leg syndrome by numerous studies. This does not mean that all people with restless leg syndrome have varicose veins or vice versa. But varicose veins can often cause a person to develop restless leg syndrome.

Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which a person experiences discomfort and an urge to move their legs. This commonly occurs during periods of inactivity, such as while trying to sleep at night. Because of this, restless leg syndrome is commonly regarded as a sleep disorder. However, it does not exclusively affect people while trying to sleep.

Jugular Vein Distention

Jugular vein distention is a condition in which the jugular vein in the neck bulges significantly. On its own, this condition does not cause any serious health complications. However, jugular vein distention is often a sign of more serious health problems. Jugular vein distention could be a sign of conditions like a pulmonary embolism, heart failure, collapsed lung, or cardiac tamponade.

If you notice unexplained bulging of your jugular vein, you should seek medical attention when possible. Treating any of these conditions is much easier if they are caught early. In addition to a bulging jugular vein, you may develop fatigue, a cough, confusion, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Some people also notice heart palpitations or blue discoloration of the lips or fingernails. Any of these symptoms may be signs of serious medical concern and should be reported immediately.

South Valley Vascular provides expert care and treatment for a wide variety of vein disorders. Contact us for a consultation if you have concerns about your vein health.