When to Visit a Vein Specialist

Abnormal veins can be both unsightly and embarrassing. In many cases, these veins also cause uncomfortable symptoms that can affect your quality of life on a daily basis. If you are suffering from abnormal veins, it may be time to visit a vein specialist.

What Are Abnormal Veins?

Abnormal veins are veins that are no longer functioning properly. These veins can be divided into two categories: spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are small, twisted veins that appear near the skin’s surface, while varicose veins are larger, swollen veins that may be raised above the skin’s surface. Both types of abnormal veins are easily visible.

Varicose veins may cause other symptoms in addition to their appearance. Common symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Heaviness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Cramping

How Are Abnormal Veins Treated?

In some cases, you may be able to reduce the appearance and symptoms of abnormal veins with various at-home treatments. For example, for abnormal veins in the legs, wearing compression stockings and elevating the limbs can be beneficial. If you are overweight, you may also benefit from weight loss.

However, conservative treatments won’t eliminate the symptoms of abnormal veins for everyone. For people who can’t treat their condition at home, treatments available from a vein specialist may be effective. Some of these treatment options include:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation – The use of radiofrequency energy to close off abnormal veins.
  • Sclerotherapy – The injection of sclerosing solution into spider veins and varicose veins.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation – The use of laser energy to treat deep varicose veins.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – The removal of varicose veins through small incisions in the skin.
  • VeinGoghOhmic Thermolysis – The use of concentrated heat energy on small spider veins.

Should I Make an Appointment?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of abnormal veins, or if you have noticed these veins anywhere on your body, it may be time to visit a vein specialist. A vein specialist can examine your veins and explain the treatment options available to you. Your vein doctor can also help you decide which treatment option is best for your case.

To make an appointment at a vein clinic, contact St. Louis Vein & Endovascular today.