What Causes Varicose Veins to Get Worse?

Updated on: November 25, 2019

Many people affected by varicose veins don’t notice any symptoms. However, some do experience pain, bulged veins, itching, and burning associated with the clogged veins in the legs. So how do you know if your varicose veins are getting worse, and what causes them to get worse?

What Causes Varicose Veins to Get Worse?

There are many lifestyle factors that can cause varicosities to get worse, including standing or sitting for long periods, obesity, or pregnancy. Gender, age, and genetics can also play a role in the development of varicose veins. With this in mind, it's important to note that time is also a cause for the worsening of varicose veins. When your veins are varicose, your blood is not flowing properly through your veins to where it needs to go. As the heart continues to pump blood and attempts to send it throughout your body, the more blood continues to pool up in the already vulnerable areas that are varicosed. This is why it is recommended to seek treatment if you already have varicose veins.

If you are someone with varicose veins and the external lifestyle and physical factors do not apply to you, it is still important to get a consultation from a vein specialist to determine the condition of your varicose veins.

How Do You Know If Your Varicose Veins Are Getting Worse?

There are multiple stages of venous disease that are important to be aware of, even if you don’t believe you are at risk. Vein disease and varicose veins can grow worse with time, and those that don’t experience symptoms may not even notice the problem until it’s reached one of the later, more serious stages.

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Stages of Vein Disease

  1. Spider Veins (Reticular Veins)
  2. Varicose Veins
  3. Swelling of Legs and Ankles
  4. Skin Discoloration (Lipodermatosclerosis)
  5. Ulcers and Open Sores
  6. Increased Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis*

    *In Severe Cases

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help prevent the development of vein disease. Getting regular exercise, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding standing or sitting for long periods are just some of the things you should be doing to benefit your circulation, heart, and overall health.

Reach out to us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about vein disease or to find out which treatment is best for you. You can also click here to schedule a consultation online with one of our vein specialists. We have locations across the US with caring, professional staff, and doctors that are dedicated to helping you feel healthy again.

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