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Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose vein awareness begins with noting common symptoms, which may include:
• Blue or dark purple coloured veins, most common in the legs
• Prominent veins that are bulging and/or twisting in appearance
• Chronic achy legs, “heavy legs” or undefined leg soreness
• Swelling in the legs, including burning sensation, throbbing and/or muscle cramping
• Pain that increases following extended periods sitting or standing
• Redness, discolouration and/or itching around prominent veins
• Localised skin hardening or skin ulcers (which may also indicate more serious vascular disease

Spider Vein Symptoms

Spider veins are very similar to varicose veins, but much smaller. Spider veins are typically red or blue and they are found very near the skin’s surface. Legs are a common area for spider veins, as well as the face.

If you notice any of these varicose vein or spider vein symptoms, you should see a varicose vein specialist for a more precise diagnosis.

Common Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose veins make look similar in different patients, however there are a variety of causes:

  • Family history of varicose veins, spider veins or leg ulcers.
  • Normal ageing, which contributes to weakening of the veins and loss of elasticity.
  • Recurrent standing for long periods of time, usually in the course of work.
  • Pressure on the midsection/abdomen.
  • Obesity, which puts additional strain on both the legs and the circulatory system.
  • Pregnancy, which increases blood volume, reduces blood flow from legs to pelvis and also adds weight and physical strain to the body.
  • Menopause, which can effect numerous hormonal and physical changes to the body.

You may be able to make lifestyle changes to help reduce incidences of varicose veins; a varicose vein specialist can help you create an effective plan to minimise your risk. Contact us today.