Stages of Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the unusually large and twisted veins that appear dark purple or blue. These varicose veins are not just an aesthetic issue, but it is a medical condition that requires timely treatment. Varicose veins are mostly found in the legs. It happens because of the excess pressure on the lower legs. Thus, obese people and pregnant women are more prone to developing varicose veins.    

Initially, the symptoms of varicose veins may not be much prominent or you may take them casually. But, you must seek medical help as soon as you notice the symptoms of varicose veins. Delaying the treatment or leaving varicose veins untreated can result in further health complications. The symptoms of varicose veins keep getting severe with each stage.  (Also Read: Things You Should Know About Varicose Veins )

Let’s look at the different stages of varicose veins.

Different stages of varicose veins

Stage 1 of varicose veins

In the first stage varicose veins, the veins of the legs appear swollen and turn dark in color. At this initial stage, there can be mild pain due to varicose veins in some cases. Whereas, some people may experience intense pain from the first stage only.

Other symptoms of the first stage of varicose veins include:

– Burning sensation in the legs
– Itchiness and heaviness in the legs
– Veins turn dark in color
– Veins tend to get hard
-Inflammation around varicose veins

When you leave these symptoms of first stage varicose veins untreated, it makes the condition severe with time. Thus, it leads to the second stage of the varicose veins.

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Stage 2 of varicose veins

In the second stage of varicose veins, the swelling and inflammation of the legs and ankles increase. The inflammation occurs due to the obstruction of blood flow that varicose veins. Also, in the second stage varicose veins, the blood starts pooling in the legs. This pooling of blood in the varicose veins contributes to the heaviness and pain in the legs.

Other symptoms of stage 2 of varicose veins include:

– Stiffness of the ankles
– Itchiness in the legs
– Muscular spasm
– Pain and discomfort while walking
-Numbness in the legs due to varicose veins

Risk factors that can make the swelling of legs and ankles worse in the second stage of varicose veins are:

-Hypertension (high blood pressure)
– Not exercising regularly (being inactive)
– Smoking
-Unhealthy eating habits (eating junk and processed foods)
– Heart disorders that affect blood circulation (e.g. coronary heart disease)

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Stage 3 of varicose veins- 

In the third stage, the skin around the varicose veins starts getting discolored. The varicose veins affected skin appears dark brown and turns leather-like in texture. This discoloration of the skin occurs due to the inflammation of the fatty tissues below the skin.

Along with discoloration, the skin of the legs becomes itchy and irritated. Intense itching can result in cracking and bleeding of the skin. This medical condition is known as lipodermatosclerosis. By the third stage, varicose veins are quite severe and need immediate medical treatment.

Other symptoms of stage 3  varicose veins include:

– Increased pain in the legs and ankles
-Thick and hard skin around varicose veins
– Ulcers in legs
– Leather-like consistency of the skin

Only proper medical treatment can cure these symptoms of varicose veins. Apart from that, only compression stockings can help in relieving these symptoms a bit.

The risk factors that make stage 3 varicose veins more severe are as follows:

Excess body weight
– Wearing heels or standing for long continuous hours
– Sudden changes in the hormonal levels
–  Diet low in nutrition

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Stage 4 of varicose veins

Ulcers and open sores mark the most severe stage of varicose veins i.e. stage four. Ulcers form due to chronic insufficiency of blood circulation in the veins of the legs. The other major reason for these ulcers in legs is the excess pressure that varicose veins exert. These ulcers do not heal and keep on reappearing as open sores. This results in severe damage to the skin tissues.

Thus, stage 4 of varicose has the most severe symptoms that you must not ignore. Ignoring the symptoms of the last stage of varicose veins can be life-threatening.

Other symptoms of stage 4 varicose veins are:

– Painful open sores on the legs and ankles

– Discolored skin of the legs

– Extreme swelling and burning sensation

– Heavy and stiff legs
– Yellowish discharge oozing out of the open sores

These symptoms of ulcers and open sores can get severe if you smoke or consume alcohol. Therefore, quit smoking and drinking to prevent the condition from turning life-threatening.

You can clearly see that leaving varicose veins is not a wise decision. Leaving varicose veins untreated only makes symptoms grow serious and add up to your pain. Therefore, pay more attention to your health and consult a doctor if you are suffering from any of the stages of varicose veins. 

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How to treat varicose veins?

Though there are various treatment options available for varicose veins, laser treatment is the best. It is the most advanced treatment for varicose veins. Let’s know more about this advanced laser-based treatment.

Laser treatment for varicose veins

The laser treatment takes about only 30 minutes to complete. It is a daycare procedure that allows the patient to go back home on the same day as the treatment. There are no cuts and wounds involved in the laser treatment of varicose veins. 

It is a painless procedure and the patient experiences smooth and fast recovery. It takes only 3-5 days for a patient to recover fully and resume his normal routine life. Also, laser treatment is the best permanent solution that ensures nil chances of complications. In addition to this, there are no restrictions on the lifestyle of the patient. Regular follow-ups with the doctor enable the patient to keep away from any unwanted complications during the recovery.

If you too have been worried about the treatment of varicose veins, then you should go for laser treatment. It is certainly the best way to get rid of varicose veins once and for all. Timely treatment of varicose veins in the first stage will keep you safe from any of the above-mentioned complications. Also, do not panic if your case of varicose veins is serious, it is curable through the laser treatment.

This laser treatment of varicose veins is available at Pristyn Care. You can get in touch with us to consult our specialist doctor. Our medical coordinator will also help you and answer all your queries regarding the treatment. So, do not delay the treatment anymore and lead a life free from the troubles of varicose veins.


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