For most patients, varicose veins develop slowly, over a period of several months or years. The patient’s physician typically observes the bulging and painful veins developing during this time; it’s ordinary during this stage for the physician to suggest prevention strategies and educational materials about chronic venous insufficiency, which can develop if varicose veins are untreated.
While this may be the medical “norm,” it’s certainly not the only way that varicose veins develop. In a few patients, varicose veins may appear suddenly and without warning. In fact, a patient may not even have any of the traditional risk factors or see any of the usual warning signs.
What causes sudden onset of varicose veins?
If you have experienced sudden onset of varicose veins, then you should see a physician for evaluation and diagnosis as soon as possible. Sudden onset varicose veins may be caused by acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of a blood clot deep in a leg vein.
Patients with acute DVT typically have pain in the legs and/or sudden swelling of the leg. The leg might turn a purple or bluish color as it swells and could feel hot to the touch.
Does sudden onset varicose veins require treatment?
Yes. If DVT is the cause behind your enlarged, bulging vein, then it’s essential that the blood clot is removed as quickly as possible. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the blood clot could break loose and cause a pulmonary embolism (the clot becomes trapped in the arteries of the lung). Pulmonary embolisms occur in approximately 30 percent of all patients with DVT, causing about 60,000 to 100,000 deaths per year, according to the CDC.
So, the bottom line is this: if you or your physician notices the rapid development of varicose veins, then it’s critical that you seek treatment for the varicose veins as soon as possible. Advanced therapy for varicose veins makes treatment quicker, less painful, and more effective than ever before.
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Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.