You may not have symptoms with varicose veins. Most people identify varicose veins by the appearance of twisted, swollen, bluish veins just beneath the skin.
If you have symptoms of varicose veins, they tend to be mild and may include:
- A dull ache, burning, or heaviness in the legs. These symptoms may be more noticeable late in the day or after you have been sitting or standing for a long time.
- Mild swelling, usually involving the feet and ankles only.
- Itching skin over the varicose vein.
More severe symptoms or complications include:
- A buildup of fluid and swelling in the leg.
- Significant swelling and calf pain after sitting or standing for a long time.
- Skin color changes (Reference stasis pigmentation Opens New Window) around the ankles and lower legs.
- Dry, stretched, swollen, itching, or scaling skin.
- Superficial Reference thrombophlebitis Opens New Window (when a blood clot and inflammation develop in a small vein near the surface of the skin).
- Open sores (ulcerations).
- Bleeding and/or bruising after a minor injury.
Symptoms of varicose veins may become more severe a few days before and during a woman's menstrual period.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery