It’s still cold and wet outside, but the isles in the clothing stores are a constant reminder that the sun is getting ready to pop out and stay. That’s right, spring and summer are on their way and warm-weather wear is starting to fill the racks in every clothing store you visit.
While all of your friends are rejoicing, do you secretly find yourself feeling a small sense of dread at the idea of stripping off your layers and donning shorts and swimsuit? If you have noticed that your legs have areas of discoloration, look lumpy, seem swollen, or have what appears to be blue spider webbing in spots; you may be have varicose veins or be experiencing venous disease.
Varicose veins don’t all look alike; there are several types that you may be able to identify on your own legs (you may experience more than one type at the same time.)
- Trunk Varicose Veins: These are highly visible; often long, thick and bumpy; and appear near the surface of your skin.
- Telangiectasia Varicose Veins: This type of varicose vein does not cause bulging of the skin but often comes in clusters that are bright blue or red. Because of their shape and size they are sometimes referred to as thread veins or spider veins, and while they are harmless, they can appear on both the face and legs.
- Reticular Varicose Veins: These veins are red or blue and appear as short, jagged lines that lie just beneath the skin. Small ones may branch off larger ones.
If any of these descriptions fit the discoloration you are experiencing on your legs, there’s good news. Varicose veins can be successfully treated in time for summer! At AVT we offer an array of treatments that will quickly eliminate the embarrassing appearance and discomfort associated with venous disease so that you can enjoy shopping for summer fun again.
Interested in learning more about varicose veins and vein treatment? Visit our blog on Vein Treatment options.