Aside from being a cosmetic concern, left untreated varicose veins can be painful, itchy, and even cause the legs to feel heavier. Furthermore, leaving varicose veins untreated could lead to potentially dangerous conditions including skin ulcers, spontaneous bleeding, lipodermatosclerosis, and blood clots. Wounds need blood flow to heal, so when the blood pools in the veins, it is not able to go where it needs to. Thus, skin ulcers can form from minor wounds or small cuts that refuse to heal. The tension from the swelling prevents it from receding.
Also, because varicose veins are close to the surface of the skin, when the delicate valves in the veins fail to work properly, the blood can leak and pool into the leg. This means that a minor nick or cut could result in severe bleeding. Additionally, lipodermatosclerosis is oftentimes the result of poor circulation. If it is left untreated it could lead to serious health problems like infection and ulceration. Lastly, blood clots are one of the most serious effects of untreated varicose veins. Deep vein thrombosis could be developed and the main risk is that a blood clot can break off and result in a fatal condition known as a pulmonary embolism. But the good news is that there are several treatment options for varicose veins and choosing Dr. Dayal will lead you towards a successful recovery.