Vein Disease Stages & When to Get Treatment

Each year, millions of people across the country suffer from pain, swelling, and discoloration related to vein disease. While these symptoms can sometimes be ignored for a time, your vascular health has the potential to affect many other areas of your body. This makes it important to receive the proper medical care to have a healthy body.

If you’re ever in doubt over whether to seek medical care for your veins, visit a doctor. Early intervention can often mean easier and faster treatment plans. Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular care can provide high-quality medical care for a variety of vein problems.

Early Stages of Vein Disease

The condition of chronic venous insufficiency is commonly referred to as “vein disease.” This condition starts minor with coloration changes but can quickly turn into a more serious and painful issue.

The earliest stage of vein disease is often referred to as spider veins. This is when you may notice your veins becoming more visible through your skin, with a distinct red or purple color. They’re frequently seen on the legs, arms, and neck.

From there, spider veins worsen into varicose veins. This is when veins swell up into a thick rope-like texture that may stick out from the skin. Varicose veins may still be purely an aesthetic change but are also commonly accompanied by itchiness, a burning sensation, or aching.

Varicose veins can also lead to swelling of the extremities. This happens when veins are unable to perform as they should, resulting in a weakened circulatory system.

Late Stages of Vein Disease

Next, the vein disease will progress to more serious stages. After varicose veins and/or swelling appear, skin changes and discoloration can occur. The color of the skin may develop a reddish-brown tinge, turn white, or become papery, brittle, or leathery in texture.

This change in skin texture leaves your legs or other body parts prone to injury, which may heal at first, leaving only scars. But, if left untreated, it can lead to the development of ulcers. Ulcers can be extremely difficult to heal even with professional medical treatment. These ulcers can be limiting, dangerous, and vulnerable to infection.

When to Get Treatment

Vein and vascular disease are serious conditions, and the best time to seek out medical care is as soon as you realize a problem exists. Receiving care as early as possible will mean your treatment is easier and faster. It will often be non-invasive if treated early on. This means you will experience minimal pain, discomfort, discoloration, or injury as a result of the condition.

The varicose vein stage is when many of our patients decide to contact us for help. Our team of vascular professionals is skilled in helping patients recover quickly and fully.

Vein Disease Treatment in Southern Utah

If you’re experiencing any stage of vein disease, feel free to reach out to the team at Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center in St. George, Utah. Our team of vascular professionals specializes in providing patients in southern Utah with personalized, friendly service throughout their treatment process.

No matter what kind of vascular issue you’re experiencing, our clinic can help you find relief as well as improve your skin texture and appearance. Contact us today to learn more or set up an appointment. 

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