When it comes to vein disease, we tend to feel it is a cosmetic issue that can be costly (monetarily) to deal with, but in reality, it can be costly to your health if ignored. Even spider veins can be a symptom of a more severe underlying medical condition or can evolve into something more sinister when left untreated, which is why it is extremely important that you visit your physician if you think you may be suffering from any type of vein disorder. Keep reading for a list of possible complications that can occur and to learn how we at the Skin & Vein Center can help you with your vein issues.
Multiple Stages of Vein Disease
There are six stages of vein disease, with the Class 1 stage generally starting with spider veins. In most cases, spider veins can be nothing more than an unsightly annoyance, but it is recommended that they be examined just to be sure. When varicose veins develop, the patient has officially entered class 2 of vein disease and the problems associated become more severe. Ulcers, blood clots, and bleeding can be some of the problems that occur from untreated varicose veins. Class 3 involves edema, where the affected areas can swell, feel warm to the touch, and cause pain to the sufferer, but the color of the skin stays the same. Once you enter class 4 of vein disease, discoloration becomes apparent; the skin turns brown or white, may bruise easily, and takes longer to heal. If vein disease is left untreated, it can move into Class 6 stage, with leg ulcers appearing. This stage is extremely painful and can be difficult to recover from, making it the stage most necessary to avoid (Class 5 is an ulcer that has healed over).
The Importance of Medical Intervention
In most cases, the worst-case scenario can be avoided by simple lifestyle changes and medical intervention, depending on how far the disease has progressed. A healthy diet, combined with a regular exercise routine and the cessation of smoking, may help stop the progression, while laser surgery can help reverse the effects of vein disease. Patients with a congenital vein disease may always have to struggle against reoccurrences, but medical technology is improving every day and the future is bright.
The Fear of the Unknown
We are afraid of what we don’t know, and because of this we often ignore what can be fixed. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover why the Skin & Vein Center can be your best ally in long term vein health!