Varicose Veins - Symptoms

Besides their appearance, what symptoms were associated with your varicose veins?

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What are varicose vein symptoms?

Many people with varicose veins do not have any physical symptoms. They may, however, have concerns over the cosmetic appearance of the varicose veins.

Symptoms of varicose veins may include:

  • aching,
  • cramping,
  • itching,
  • swelling, and
  • fatigue.

Some people may complain of a dull ache and pressure sensation from varicose veins.

Some less common, but more severe symptoms of varicose veins may include bleeding, thrombophlebitis (formation of a blood clot within the varicose vein), skin ulceration and a weeping oozing dermatitis or stasis dermatitis. In long standing venous disease, the skin may become fibrotic and scarred, forming an inverted "hourglass" appearance. These complications of varicose veins should be evaluated by a doctor promptly.

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