Although varicose veins can get worse over the years, this often happens very slowly but here is a list of problems which varicose veins can occasionally produce:
- Phlebitis :(sometimes called thrombophlebitis) just means the veins have become inflamed. There is often a blood clot (thrombosis) inside the affected vein, which then becomes hard and tender to touch. This is not the same as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and is not usually dangerous.
- Bleeding :If you are unlucky and knock the varicose vein they can bleed. This is fortunately quite rare but if this happens raise you leg as high as you can, press hard over the vein and call for help. It is important that the veins are then treated to remove the risk of further bleeding.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis :Varicose veins are associated with DVT in some patients. DVT can lead to varicose veins and skin damage around the ankle. However, it is not clear if varicose veins increase the risk of DVT.
- Ulcer: This is when an area of skin in the lower leg is lost and is probably the hardest to treat.
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