At the early stages of varicose veins, some symptoms are not associated with this condition. Healthy people can have some symptoms such as muscle pains or mild swelling after standing or sitting for a long time. Tired legs can also exhibit these symptoms that are typical for the early stages of varicose veins. This is the reason why people usually don’t recognize varicose veins until they become more visible underneath the skin. Varicose veins are caused by disturbed blood flow in the lower extremities, they can lead to serious complications if they are not treated on time.
Thrombophlebitis and Damaged Veins
Thrombophlebitis can often be visible under the skin. Unhealthy veins have a dark blue, violet or even reddish color. The condition is associated with inflammation and severe pain in the lower limbs. It is caused by the damage of the valves and bad blood circulation. If the damage occurs in the deeper veins, it can cause more serious condition known as Deep Vein Thrombophlebitis. You should react on time and visit your doctor if you think that you might have DVT.
Treatment of Thrombophlebitis with Medications
Medications called Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are often used in the treatment of thrombophlebitis. They contain active substances which can reduce inflammation and pain. Patients with heart, respiratory, liver, stomach and kidney problems should be very cautious and avoid these kinds of medications for varicose veins. Analgesics are additionally used to relieve pain from thrombophlebitis. Anti-coagulant medications and thrombolytic are also used in the treatment for this condition.
Remedies for Varicose Veins
Every activity which can improve blood circulation is very useful in the treatment for varicose veins.
One way to reduce the pressure and to stop blood from settling in the lower extremities is to lift the legs above the heart line. Also, it can be very helpful to gently put warm or cold compresses on the unhealthy veins.
Complications Caused by Varicose Veins
Veins have specific roles in the body. They return blood from the rest of our body to our heart. They are much larger than tiny skin capillaries. When veins are damaged they tend to bleed excessively, so it might be necessary to compress the wounded area in order to stop bleeding.
Varicose veins are associated with different complications, including Chronic Venous Insufficiency. When the blood flow is interrupted, it is difficult for the blood to return from the lower parts of the body to the heart. If CVI is allowed to progress, another condition called Varicose Eczema can develop. Varicose veins can also lead to Venous Ulcers. They are skin wounds, often caused by enlarged and unhealthy veins with the consequence of destroying the skin. These ulcers can easily be infected, so it is important to treat them on time. In this case, a surgical procedure might be necessary.
Although varicose veins might go unnoticed at the early stages, as they progress they can cause severe complications and tissue damage.That is why it is important to react with the first symptoms.