There are a lot of reasons you may need to visit a doctor, but when it comes to veins many people are unsure where to turn. Is there anything a vein specialist can do and how can you tell if your vein worries are serious enough to get them checked out?
Here, we’ll look at when you should seek help for vein-related issues.
1. Are your legs constantly tired?
Often the first sign of a vein issue is tired, heavy legs. However, it’s also easy to miss; especially if you are on your feet all day where your legs would naturally feel tired in the evening.
If they also feel heavy however, it’s a sure sign you’re suffering from a mild swelling. This is caused due to slow blood flow. The good news is, it’s easy to treat with minimally invasive procedures.
2. Do you have a genetic link to vein issues?
If poor veins run in the family, it’s important to take precautions to prevent venous disease. Did you know that if you have an immediate family member who suffers from poor veins, you are 60% likely to develop the same issues? If you have two immediate family members with venous disease on the other hand, your chances of suffering from the same condition increases to 90%.
So, it’s worth consulting a doctor or vein specialist at least once a year to ensure if you do develop vein problems, it can be treated as quickly as possible.
3. Have you got open sores on either or both legs?
Leg ulcers more than likely point to venous related issues. However, it is important to have the cause diagnosed as you could be suffering from diabetic or arterial ulcers. If it is caused by venous disease, there’s an excellent range of treatments available which can help to close the sores and more importantly, keep them closed.
Overall, varicose veins, or venous disease, is extremely common, yet it often goes undiagnosed. What you may not realise is that if left untreated, vein issues can develop into more serious conditions. In rare cases for example, varicose veins can be deadly. So, it’s better to get your veins checked out by a vein specialist if you suspect there’s something wrong.