Do you have veins that appear twisted and bulging, or look blue or purple? You may have varicose veins. They develop when valves in your vein fail to close, allowing your blood to flow backwards and pool in your leg. The pooling causes the vein to bulge, leading to the purple-blue, twisted appearance.
Varicose veins aren’t only a cosmetic concern. You may have swelling, pain, tenderness and a heavy or achy feeling in your legs. Varicose veins worsen over time, so the sooner they’re diagnosed, the easier they are to treat. Without treatment, varicose veins may lead to discoloration, ulcers and sclerosis (hardening of the veins).
Spider veins or varicosities are small "nests" of veins just under your skin. They’re usually purple or red and form patches on your legs. Many people with spider veins also have varicose veins. Spider veins may be difficult to treat, but with a combination of treatments, you’re likely to see improvements.
There are a several treatment options for varicose and spider veins. Your physician will recommend the best treatment for you, based on your symptoms, physical exam and ultrasound report.