Varicose veins affect up to 40 million Americans. What is a varicose vein? It’s a weakened, twisted, swollen vein that’s filled with blood. Many people who have them are often embarrassed of the appearance of their legs. But, that should be the least of their worries. For some, varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.

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If you have varicose veins, you may experience unpleasant, challenging symptoms. With these symptoms, it can make it difficult to stand, walk, or take part in daily activities:

  • Achy, heavy pressure in your legs
  • Throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your legs
  • Extreme pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time
  • itching and bleeding
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Skin ulcers

If you don’t treat these symptoms properly, you can have a serious medical condition on your hands.

Just because something can’t be seen on the surface, doesn’t mean it’s not there. These hidden dangers can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Be sure to pay attention to what you’re feeling, because it’s probably something more serious than you think. Visit our website for frequently asked questions about varicose veins. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms discussed, see your doctor right away.

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