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What’s the Connection Between Varicose Veins and Inflammation?

Did you know that varicose veins and inflammation often go hand in hand? First, inflammation can trigger the formation of varicose veins, and it can also lead to complications after the varicose veins have formed. Let’s explore the connection between the two, as well as minimally invasive treatment options.

Inflammation as a Trigger for Varicose Veins

Chronic inflammation is a common cause of varicose veins. The inflammation may be genetic in origin and leads to damage of the tiny one way valves within the leg veins. This damage leads to abnormally stagnant flow in the problematic veins, increasing the damage and leading to varicose veins. Unfortunately without treatment this inflammation will persist which is why varicose vein disease is a chronically progressive disorder.

Phlebitis and Varicose Veins

If you have enlarged, dilated veins, you can develop phlebitis, which is the medical term for inflammation of a vein. Phlebitis is a frequent complication of varicose veins and is often a inciting factor leading patients to seek treatment. Phlebitis can involve superficial or deep veins. Phlebitis of superficial veins can progress and lead to deep venous thrombosis. Phlebitis that extends to involve the deep veins may require a blood thinner for appropriate treatment. Always seek the advice of a vein specialist if there is concern for a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Symptoms of Varicose Veins and Phlebitis

Varicose veins have a myriad of potential symptoms, including burning, swelling, and cramping in your legs. Your legs also might feel heavy, achy, and itchy, and the symptoms often get worse later in the day and into the night. Additionally, you’ll notice some cosmetic changes, such as dark blue or purple veins that bulge and twist. 

You’ll also experience some uncomfortable symptoms if you have inflammation in your veins. For instance, if the inflammation is in a superficial vein, you might notice:

The problem is even more concerning if you develop inflammation in a deep vein since that can lead to a fatal blood clot. Thus, check for symptoms that include leg/ankle:

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins and Phlebitis

A varicose vein specialist can use a minimally invasive procedure to seal off the damaged and inflamed veins. Once the procedure is complete, blood won’t be able to pool in your problematic veins, which will also reduce inflammation. 

Some examples of minimally invasive treatments include endovenous laser ablation (ELA), sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Your varicose vein specialist will need to examine you before recommending the proper treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Treatment Options

Varicose veins and inflammation are a dangerous combination, so it’s crucial to receive a proper diagnosis and undergo treatment before developing severe complications. Dr. Vinay Madan at the Center for Varicose Veins specializes in diagnosing and treating vein issues. He offers minimally invasive treatments that require no downtime, so patients can get back to work and other activities immediately after the procedure. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Madan today.

Dr. Vinay Madan, MD, DABVLM Dr. Vinay Madan, MD, DABVLM Dr. Vinay Madan is a board certified Interventional Radiologist and Phlebologist with over 25 years of experience in treating vein disease. Dr. Madan has served as the Chairman of Radiology and Section Head of Vascular Interventional Radiology at Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Dr. Madan brings a wealth of knowledge which allows him to treat patients with cosmetic and medical vein disease in a caring and compassionate way.

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