Severe disease can lead to more serious health problems. Sores or skin ulcers may form, from chronic back-up of blood. They can be painful and hard to heal. The skin over the veins can become thin and easily injured. An injury can cause significant blood loss. Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot in veins just under the skin. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a deeper vein, with pain, warmth, redness and swelling. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal.
Signs And Symptoms
Varicose and spider veins can usually be seen on the skin. Some other common symptoms in the legs include:
- Aching pain that gets worse after sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Throbbing or cramping
- Rash, with itching
- Darkening of the skin, especially around the ankles
- Restless legs, especially when in bed. The legs are uncomfortable and wont stay still.
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