“Just leave it alone and it will go away” is the advice given by millions of tired parents across globe, but according to Schulman Vein and Laser Center, this policy is very short sighted and foolish when it comes to untreated veins.
Schulman Vein and Laser Center Explains Veins
Reducing the pain and eliminating the complications from conditions such as varicose veins requires treatment. It also requires an understanding of veins and their purpose in your body.
Deoxygenate the Blood
Veins are a lifeline for the body’s circulatory system and are primarily used to transport deoxygenated blood from tissues in the body back to the heart. The medical field responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders and keeping the veins healthy and vital is called phlebology. This branch of medicine has seen major advances in treatments, but none of them are of any benefit if a patient doesn’t seek treatment.
There is a myth that the symptoms of a defective vein are mostly cosmetic and will not affect the overall health or comfort of a person suffering with varicose veins. While it is true that conditions such as varicose and spider veins are unsightly, left untreated, these conditions can also lead to painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms.
According to the doctors at Schulman Vein and Laser Center, the symptoms common to problems with veins include swelling, aches, cramps, dryness in the legs, pain with a period, throbbing legs, bleeding, blood clots, and ulcerations or holes in the skin of the legs. These symptoms can result from very simple activities, such as taking a shower or lightly bumping into something that normally would not cause any harm.
Varicose and Spider Veins
The two types of veins in the legs are varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are the large, ropey veins seen in the legs, and spider veins are smaller red or blue lines that often appear later in life.
A vein becomes varicose because the valves within the vein walls cease to function correctly and fail to help return the deoxygenated blood back to the heart. This may occur for a number of reasons, including prior vein blood clots (phlebitis), prior vein injury, or a genetic predisposition.
Left untreated, a varicose vein only worsens.
Spider veins are the thread-like veins seen close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are generally less painful than varicose veins, but without treatment, they may bleed and the pain may worsen. In general, spider veins are seen as a cosmetic problem until pain and health issues arise.
Surgery is Rare
The improvements in vein treatment mean that invasive and painful surgeries are mostly a thing of the past. Today, it is possible to treat almost any patient with injection therapy regardless of vein size. In certain cases lasers, microsurgery or a combination of these therapies is employed. While some of these procedures are done in a hospital, most vein specialists, including the professionals at Schulman Vein and Laser Center, perform all therapy in their offices on an outpatient basis.
Injections are done using the smallest and finest needles available. Injection sites are covered with a cotton pad and surgical tape. Reviews from patients are overwhelmingly positive: they are often amazed at how easy and pain-free the procedure is. In fact, new patients often state that if they knew how painless and effective the treatment was, they would have done it years ago.
Patients are also able to resume normal activity immediately after treatment. However, when left untreated, these conditions can become ulcerated or can result in blood clots. Venous ulcers eventually heal with time – however, when a patient has already experienced one ulcer, lack of treatment can greatly increase the chances of additional ulcers over time.
A patient with worsening veins can live for many years without complications. However, once the ulcerations or other complications occur, they tend to be recurrent. Schulman Vein and Laser Center warns that, conventional wisdom aside, when it comes to the health of your veins, “just leave it alone and it will go away” is not a wise option.