What Doctor Should I See for Varicose Veins? And Other FAQs
What doctor should I see for varicose veins?
If you have varicose veins and spider veins, you must visit a reliable board-certified vein doctor in California. Vein doctors and vein specialists, officially known as phlebologists, are physicians with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions, such as spider veins, varicose veins, restless leg syndrome, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis. If you notice these symptoms, please contact a reliable vein doctor instead of a general physician to explore your minimally invasive vein treatment options.
Our medical centers for vein treatment are led by some of the country’s leading board-certified vein doctors. We individually select our vein doctors from the country’s leading medical schools, residency programs, and fellowships in minimally invasive vein treatments. Furthermore, our vein doctors are officially certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, an organization that officially recognizes the country’s leading vein doctors for their contributions to the field. Only the top 1% of vein doctors receive board certification.
If you notice varicose veins or the signs and symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment at our medical center for vein treatment in California.
Do dermatologists work with varicose veins?
Dermatologists are medical experts with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. Varicose veins may look like skin problems because they appear on the skin’s surface, but they’re actually caused by an underlying circulatory disorder, they’re actually a circulatory problem. Dermatologists can usually handle the visual/ aesthetic component of varicose vein treatments, but they don’t specialize in deeper treatments. If you truly have the symptoms of vein disease, you need to find a board-certified vein doctor in California.
Why am I getting varicose veins?
You might be getting varicose veins because you have chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of most vein problems. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the collapse of vein valves leads to backward blood circulation and the gradual accumulation of blood in leg veins. When the vein valves collapse, gravity forces blood to flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins, eventually leading to vascular dilation and the formation of varicose veins.
Should I get my varicose veins treated?
If you have varicose veins, you should definitely get them treated. If varicose veins are left untreated, they continue growing and expanding, eventually leading to burst varicose veins for which you have to be admitted to a hospital. Untreated varicose veins can also lead to an increased risk of the symptoms of vein disease, such as skin discoloration, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis. That’s why you should get your varicose veins treated quickly.
When should you see a doctor about varicose veins?
You should see a doctor when you first notice varicose veins. Even though varicose veins seem harmless, they’re usually indicative of advanced chronic venous insufficiency, which means you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you notice the signs and symptoms of vein disease earlier, you can even consult the vein doctor before varicose veins. Look for the following signs of vein problems — leg swelling, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, spider veins, and varicose veins.
What happens if varicose veins are left untreated?
If varicose veins are left untreated, blood will continue accumulating in your leg veins, eventually leading to increased vascular dilation and a high risk of burst veins. Other potential symptoms of untreated vein disease and varicose veins include leg swelling, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, leg pain, skin discoloration, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.
Do’s and don’ts in varicose veins?
The following are the primary DO’s of varicose veins:
- DO exercise regularly, especially running, cycling, swimming, yoga, and other low-impact cardiovascular exercises that activate your calf muscles.
- DO maintain a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fibers and vitamin C.
- DO elevate your legs while sitting down to push the accumulated blood to your heart.
- DO wear compression stockings to prevent blood accumulation in leg veins.
- DO consult your vein doctor about your varicose vein treatment options.
The following are the primary DONT’s of varicose veins:
- DON’T engage in strenuous workouts and heavy activities.
- DON’T lift extremely heavy objects.
- DON’T sit or stand still in one place for long periods.
Is it OK to massage varicose veins?
It’s okay to massage with varicose veins, but not if your symptoms are advanced. In the early stages of vein disease and varicose veins, massage can improve some of the symptoms by pushing the accumulated blood towards the heart. But if you have severe varicose veins with other major symptoms of vein disease, massage can accidentally burst the weak vein, leading to profuse bleeding and a high risk of blood clots.
Does drinking water help varicose veins?
Drinking water strengthens the vein valves and improves blood flow towards the heart, minimizing the risk of future varicose veins. But it can’t cure existing varicose veins. The only way to treat existing varicose veins is through minimally invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation, and ambulatory phlebectomy.
What is the best center for vein treatment in California?
Our medical centers for vein treatment in California use cutting-edge technologies to diagnose and treat the root cause of your vein conditions. Our vein doctors examine your leg veins, discuss your symptoms, and administer duplex ultrasound to determine if you have chronic venous insufficiency, following which we offer the latest and safest minimally invasive procedures. Please schedule an appointment to explore your minimally invasive treatments in California.
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