Varicose Veins may be asymptomatic. Some symptoms may include:
Pain, itching, swelling, burning, leg heaviness or tiredness, skin discoloration. Symptoms typically worsen throughout the day and are partially relieved by elevation or wearing compression socks or stockings.
Sometimes, varicose veins clot and become painful, hot, hard and discolored. This is called phlebitis, an uncomfortable but temporary condition that will get better on its own in 2-3 months. Clots associated with phlebitis are limited to surface veins, and are not dangerous, unlike clots in the deep veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT
) that are dangerous because they can travel to the heart or lung and require prompt treatment with blood thinners.
A shower or minor trauma can cause a varicose vein to burst and bleed, also skin tears or ulcerations indicate a very severe case.