Should I be concerned about varicose veins?

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Varicose veins of grade IV if ignored can burst and cause a medical emergency.

What are varicose veins?

Veins have one-way valves which control the direction of blood flow. When the valves in superficial veins fail, blood starts to pool in the vein. This condition is varicose veins.

Now, lets come to the important question.

Should I be concerned about varicose veins?

Let me make this clear, you should be concerned about varicose veins, but to what degree? Well, that depends on the grade of varicose veins.

Basically, there are four grades or stages of varicose veins. They are:

  • Varicose veins (Stage 1): Veins in the legs will appear bulged and twisted, and can be seen with the naked eye.
  • Edema or Swelling (Stage 2): Area of legs around varicose veins may start to swell.
  • Skin Discoloration (Stage 3): The skin colour of the leg may change.
  • Ulcer (Stage 4): If varicose veins are left ignored, an ulcer may develop.

If you feel soreness, mild pain or heaviness of leg or the area of legs around varicose veins start to swell then you might have varicose veins that are in initial stages. If so, no need to worry. Consult a doctor and he will most likely prefer medical management which consists of medicines, exercises and varicose veins stockings. Just do as he says, you will be fine.

If skin becomes discoloured, then you must consult a doctor, they may suggest minimally invasive treatments. These treatments are daycare procedures which mean you can walk back to your home on the same day of surgery. They are pretty safe too.

When you see ulcer, that is when you should be quite concerned. Consult a doctor and he might suggest you minimally invasive treatments or surgery. If all the other treatments have failed then the doctor might suggest surgery.

If you haven’t taken varicose veins seriously yet, then watch this video where Dr Bhaskar explains the dangers of leaving varicose veins untreated.

In this video, Dr Bhaskar explains that when varicose veins of grade III and grade IV are left untreated, they may lead to non-healing skin ulcers. These skin ulcers may turn into skin cancer.

He further adds that varicose veins of grade IV, if ignored, can burst and can cause a medical emergency. In some cases, varicose veins can turn into DVT or Thrombophlebitis.

Therefore, It is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible.


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