Just as today’s seniors don’t have to forgo reading as they age due to cataracts, neither do seniors have to live with painful and ugly varicose veins. As we age, the incidence of varicose veins increases, but many seniors don’t see the necessity of having them treated. If you, your spouse, or an older relative has varicose veins, continue reading to find out reasons why seniors should seek varicose veins treatment.
The Pain and Discomfort
Whereas younger people have their varicose veins treated for cosmetic reasons, older patients find they will suffer with a heaviness in their legs or a throbbing and burning pain. The poor circulation can be treated to relieve those symptoms.
If not treated, complications from varicose veins can lead to fluid leaking out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue causing swelling. This is known as lymphedema which will interfere with everyday activities. Compression stockings can help with this issue.
These swollen veins are close to the surface of the skin, and any bump, bruise, or cut can lead to bleeding. Many times it is difficult to control.
The Blood Clots
When blood circulation slows down due to varicose veins, the blood can get trapped on its way to the heart. This can lead to a problem known as phlebitis, an inflammation of the vein. This can become thrombophlebitis which is a clot in the leg. This can be treated with at-home care like warm compresses, elevating your legs, and walking.
A more serious result of clotting is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. This is a clot that breaks loose and travels to the lung causing a pulmonary embolism. In many cases it can be life-threatening. If you notice a lump, warmth, tenderness at the site, contact Advanced Vascular Associates.
The Skin Infections
Lack of proper circulation can lead to infections which do not heal known as cellulitis. If you have a painful and swollen area of your leg, see a physician as soon as possible.
Treatments Can Help
All of these issues from varicose veins can be resolved. If you have already tried some at home remedies like elevating your legs, losing weight, and wearing compression stockings but with no relief, it may be time to discuss with Advanced Vascular Associates other treatment options.
Today there are several minimally invasive procedures to lessen the symptoms of varicose veins and their complications.
Reach out to the vein specialists at Advanced Vascular Associates in Morristown, NJ for a consultation and all varicose vein treatment options.