Vein disease affects between 25 to 40 million Americans annually, making it a great concern for vascular doctors in Monmouth County. Varicose veins and spider veins are often associated with unsightly red and blue lines as well as bulges on the legs. However, while this may seem to be a harmless cosmetic problem, in actuality it can lead to more serious medical conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic insufficiency manifests as “fatigued” legs, aches and pains in the legs, discoloration, rashes, and scarring of tissues. The pain is worse while standing and lessens when lying down.
Vein doctors in Monmouth County recognize that chronic venous insufficiency is associated with venous stasis ulcers and recurring episodes of phlebitis.
The pooled blood slowly leaks out of the capillary beds and hemoglobin pigment accumulates in the skin. This leads to the brownish discoloration of the skin and is referred to as venous stasis pigmentation. As the condition worsens, it progresses to a stage known as venous stasis dermatitis which is characterized by the lower legs becoming inflamed. With longstanding dermatitis and stasis pigmentation, the skin of the lower legs becomes thick, dry and fragile and eventually develops ulcerations. This stage is referred to as venous stasis ulceration.
Phlebitis is an inflammation of the veins that encourages clotting of the blood and hence deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Not only does DVT worsen the flow of blood, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism or stroke if the clot breaks away and travels to the lungs or the brain. A total of 300,000 fatalities in America are attributable to pulmonary embolism and strokes.
It is therefore important that you visit a vein expert in Monmouth County who can detect and manage vein disease in its early stages.