As with other forms of illness, vein disease is best treated when caught in the early stages of development. In order to do this, however, you need to know who is at risk of developing spider veins and what the problem looks like at its onset.
Varicose Vein Risk Factors
While anyone can develop varicose veins at any time, certain factors may elevate your risk and likelihood of developing this problem (which is caused, typically by faulty valves that affect the ability of your blood to flow back towards your heart, leaving it to pool in veins that then stretch out over time.) Predisposing factors include:
– Family history
– Sedentary lifestyle
– Carrying extra weight
– Constricting foot wear/high heels
Any of these factors can contribute to your likelihood of developing varicose veins. If you have one or more risk factors, it is even more important for you to look out for the earliest warning signs that indicate your veins have been damaged.
Initial Symptoms of Varicose Veins
In order to detect vein disease, you have to actually look at your veins on a somewhat regular basis. People with dark, more visible veins are often more likely to develop a problem. Individuals whose feet are swollen at the end of the day are also at risk of developing varicose veins, and should talk to their doctors immediately if this symptom persists beyond a day or two.
Light red spots may also appear on your lower legs before the tell-tale swelling and bulging of varicose veins actually appears. These spots may be a sign of a burst blood vessel, or other forms of venous insufficiency. Other symptoms may also include:
– peeling or itching skin
– an unnatural shine on your legs
– unnatural coloring on pigmentation on the surface of the skin
Any one of these symptoms should be sufficient cause for you to undergo a diagnostic vein scan, but in combination, multiple warning signs should send you to your vein doctor immediately.
Of course, varicose veins can also develop without any warning from initial symptoms. Because of this fact, it’s important to undergo regular vein health check-ups, especially if you know that your risk for vein disease is elevated in any way. Just remember, the earlier you catch a vein problem, the simpler it will be to resolve your symptoms. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that what everyone wants?