When should I talk to my doctor about varicose veins?

Although varicose veins aren’t usually dangerous, you should visit your healthcare provider for an exam. If you’re concerned about how varicose veins look, or if they’re uncomfortable, treatments can help. You should see your provider as soon as possible if the skin or veins are:

  • Bleeding.
  • Discolored.
  • Painful, red or warm to the touch.
  • Swollen.

Millions of people live with varicose veins. For most people, varicose veins don’t cause serious health problems. Lifestyle changes and at-home remedies can relieve symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. Talk to your healthcare provider about safe, minimally invasive treatments that reduce pain and improve the appearance of varicose veins.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/13/2020.

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