Symptoms of varicose veins

The most obvious sign of varicose veins is the development of thick, twisted veins on the surface of the skin. These veins are dark blue or purple in colour and resemble a series of thick cords. They usually appear on the legs – either the back of the calves or inside the leg but they can develop around the anus, buttocks and vagina. These types of veins occur due to constipation or pregnancy.

Varicose veins can occur in the gullet but this is very rare.

But what are the other symptoms of varicose veins?

These include the following:

    • Burning sensation/throbbing in your legs
    • Swollen legs, ankles or feet
    • Heavy, aching legs
    • Tendency to cramps particularly at night
    • Dry and itchy skin around the affected veins
    • Discoloured skin near the affected veins
    • Thread veins develop in the affected area
    • Twitchy, restless legs
    • Minor injuries such as cuts and bruises are slow to heal

But it is the appearance of blue lump swellings under your skin which are the characteristic sign of varicose veins.

What you may find is that these symptoms worsen during the summer or when you are on your feet for a period of time. But they lessen if you rest and elevate your feet.

These symptoms will vary between individuals. Some people have minor symptoms whereas others will experience the full range.

Contrary to popular opinion, large varicose veins do not cause more pain and discomfort than small ones.

The symptoms listed above are signs of varicose veins, but, they may also be indicators of other similar conditions, some of which may be serious.

This is why it is important to obtain medical advice to rule out any underlying causes.

Guide to Varicose Veins

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