Getting rid of varicose veins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) As summer approaches and we pull out the swimsuits and shorts, some of us may want to get rid of unsightly varicose or spider veins. The vein and vascular surgeons at Spectrum Health are hosting a dialogue just in time for summer. Learn about two important topics at the April Doctor Dialogue.

Varicose and spider veins are not only unsightly they can lead to pain and discomfort, and sometimes serious medical conditions. They occur when valves inside the vein fail, leak or are damaged.

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found on the legs.

Spider veins, a milder type of varicose veins, are smaller than varicose veins and often look like a sunburst or “spider web.” They are red or blue in color and are commonly found on the face and legs, just under the surface of the skin.

Symptoms may include:

  • Color changes in the skin
  • Sores on the legs
  • Rash
  • Sensations in the legs, such as a heavy feeling, burning, and/or aching

Severe varicose veins may eventually produce long-term mild swelling that can result in more serious skin and tissue problems, such as ulcers and non-healing sores.

If you’re concerned about the appearance and health of your legs, SHMG can work with you at VeinSolutions. They provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention for individuals who are looking to relieve symptoms and improve cosmetic appearance.

Please attend their free community event:
Get Ready For Summer: Discover the importance of vein and vascular health
Monday, April 28
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Prince Conference Center, Calvin College
1800 East Beltline Ave. SE
Register: (616) 267.2626 choose option 4

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