Should I see a doctor about varicose veins?

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Varicose veins can cause achy throbbing pain in one or both legs. The pain is worsened with prolonged standing and improved by lying down and elevating your feet.

Has the varicose vein become swollen, red or very tender or warm to the touch?

  • If yes, see your doctor.
  • If no, are there sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle with the varicose vein, is the skin appearing thicker on the calf or the ankle, or do you think there may be circulation problems in your feet?
    • If yes, see your doctor.
    • If no, are the varicose veins causing you distress, or interfering with daily activities?
      • If yes, see your doctor.
      • If no, continue to follow the self-care tips above.

This answer from the National Women's Health Information Center has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

Yes, you should talk to your doctor about varicose veins if they are painful or appear to be worsening. Your doctor may be able to recommend a home remedy or other treatment that will help improve the varicose veins. You may also want to talk to your doctor if you are uncomfortable with how the varicose veins look.

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your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.
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