Different Types of Veins – An Overview
There are many different types of veins that can affect our ability to enjoy life to the fullest, including varicose veins, spider veins and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Some vein types, like spider veins, don’t cause physical discomfort but can become unsightly and negatively affect a person’s self-esteem. Other vein types, like varicose veins, can cause serious discomfort and pain that prevents a person from enjoying life, while vein conditions like deep vein thrombosis can even prove fatal.
Vein Care is a leading provider of medical solutions for vein conditions in Melbourne. In this article, we look at three of the most common types of veins and the treatments available.
One of the most common vein conditions, varicose veins, are highly-visible veins that are most commonly found in the legs, with the most common causes:
- Ageing – Varicose veins regularly occur as part of the natural ageing process
- Obesity – People with weight problems like obesity often suffer from varicose veins
- Hereditary – Families with a history of varicose veins pass the genes down
- Hormonal – Women may develop varicose veins due to pregnancy and menopause
- Occupational – People who stand for long periods of time are often more susceptible.
Varicose vein symptoms include highly visible blue or purple veins which may appear twisted or bulging, discolouration around veins, and achy, sore and swollen legs. Vein Care offers a range of treatments for varicose veins, such as sclerotherapy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (UGS), endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and ambulatory phlebectomy, at our three Melbourne locations.
Found on the legs and face, spider veins are blood vessels which have burst just under the surface of the skin and are usually red or blue in colour. As with all types of veins, spider veins can develop for one of many reasons, with the most common causes hormonal changes, occupations which involve standing for long periods, alcohol consumption and obesity. Microsclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins and results are usually noticeable within just a few weeks.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
One of the most serious vein conditions, deep vein thrombosis can prove fatal if not properly treated by forming a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg that could block the artery. This life-threatening condition could be caused by heart conditions, blood clotting disorders or untreated varicose veins, along with old age, smoking and long-distance travel. As it’s such a serious condition, treatment should be sought immediately if you notice symptoms such as excessive swelling of the legs and feet, significant cramping pains and severe leg pains. DVT can be diagnosed with a vascular ultrasound or blood test.
Vein Care offers proven medical solutions for varicose veins, spider veins and deep vein thrombosis at our three conveniently-located clinics in the Melbourne area at Boronia, Camberwell and Sydenham. When you’re ready to speak with one of our friendly team members about the vein treatments we offer that can change your life for the better, contact us online or call 1300 568 676. We look forward to assisting you in any way we can.