When To See Dr. Brittany Cook About Your Varicose Veins Symptoms

For some people, varicose veins are merely a nuisance or a cosmetic problem that can be solved with long pants. What they don’t realize is that varicose veins are a medical condition that can eventually require professional treatment. While symptoms may be manageable early on, seeking professional treatment can prevent them from progressing to more advanced stages.Best treatment for varicose veins

It’s best to seek Dr. Brittany Cook for your varicose vein treatment as soon as you experience symptoms. Symptoms include legs that feel heavy, achy, and become swollen at the end of the day. Seeking treatment early on can prevent more serious symptoms such as discolored skin, rashes, and venous leg ulcers that can lead to an infection.

When To See Dr. Brittany Cook 

You should contact Dr. Brittany Cook for your varicose veins whenever you begin to notice symptoms. While not life-threatening, they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. As a chronic condition, they will also get worse over time.

Varicose veins are often recognized as dark, bulging veins under your skin. Other “invisible” symptoms include legs that are:

  • Swollen
  • Itchy
  • Heavy
  • Aching
  • Restless

All of these symptoms have the same cause: malfunctioning one-way valves in your leg veins. When functioning properly, these valves open and close to help pump blood back to your heart. Unfortunately, they can become stuck in the open position and cause blood to pool in your legs. This is what leads to the tell-tale dark, bulging veins associated with the condition. 

As blood pools in your leg veins, pressure increases causing inflammation. This irritates the muscles in nearby nerves, resulting in the “invisible” symptoms listed above. 

While bulging veins are the most visible symptom, it’s possible to experience others without even realizing they’re caused by varicose veins. Even more concerning is that your symptoms can become worse over time without treatment.

Varicose veins are a chronic disease. This means that they will continue to affect your life long-term and may get worse with time without treatment. Dr. Brittany Cook and the team at East Tennessee Vein Clinic are equipped to not only alleviate your symptoms, but rid you of the diseased veins that cause them to begin with.

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When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

The early symptoms of varicose veins can be manageable for a while. At-home treatments like elevating your legs and wearing compression socks can even make you feel better. However, this does not address the root cause, and your symptoms can progress to a less manageable stage if left untreated. 

Advanced varicose vein symptoms include:

  • Bleeding veins
  • Veins that feel warm to the touch
  • Skin that is thickened or discolored
  • A rash or sore around your ankles

You’ll need to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms at this point. Your medical team will be able to help prevent them from progressing any further. 

Venous skin ulcers can be especially alarming. While also a symptom of diabetes, they can require constant care and may possibly lead to infections.

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Venous Skin Ulcers 

It’s common for cuts, rashes, and other wounds on your legs to take longer to heal than on other parts of your body. However, it’s important to note when this seems to be taking an abnormally long time. This is a common problem for diabetics, but for non-diabetics, this may be a sign of venous skin ulcers.

Good circulation is important for healing your skin. On the other hand, poor blood flow can lead to minor injuries and cause existing ones to become even worse. Eventually, what began as a minor wound can develop into a venous skin ulcer, increasing your risk of an infection that can spread throughout your body. 

This is why getting treatment early is so important. Early varicose vein symptoms aren’t life-threatening and may even be manageable. The problem is that they can progress to a much more dangerous stage without professional treatment.

Do you want to prevent your varicose veins from turning into a more serious problem? Schedule your free consultation today!

You should seek professional treatment for varicose veins as soon as you begin to notice symptoms. By getting treatment early, you’ll be able to stop managing them on your own as well as prevent more serious complications from developing. If left untreated, you run the risk of developing problems like venous skin ulcers that can eventually become infected.

Contact us at East Tennessee Vein Clinic to get help for your varicose veins. We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.

I came to Dr. Douglass with a debilitating complex vein problem, though other doctors were unable to solve. Dr. Douglass took the time to research and develop a solution that was not only successful but, has changed my life. The office staff have always helped me like a family member and work very hard to create a relaxing comfortable experience. Dr. Douglass and the East Tennessee Vein Clinic have restored my trust in medical professionals.

- V. P., Bean Station, TN