What Are the Six Stages of Vein Disease?

vein diseaseVein disease is a common and treatable health issue. However, the key to successful treatment is knowing the stages so you can identify and treat them accordingly. At Summit Skin & Vein Care of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, we are vein disease experts who are here to help you learn about the common symptoms of this health issue. Education is a powerful tool, so be sure to learn about vein disease today.

The Stages of Vein Disease:

Phase #1 of Vein Disease – Spider Veins

The earliest stage of vein disease begins with the development of spider veins. Just as the name suggests, spider veins create a spidery appearance in your legs. The cause for this is dialated skin capillaries. Typically, this causes more cosmetic problems than health problems; however, it can sometimes create pain.

Phase #2 of Vein Disease – Varicose Veins / Ropey Veins

The next stage of vein disease is the development of varicose veins. These veins have a telltale ropey appearance and are caused by stretched-out valves, which results in the two-way flow of blood. Left ignored, varicose veins can damage surrounding, otherwise healthy veins, causing discoloration of skin and the development of ulcers.

Phase #3 of Vein Disease – Edema (Swelling)

As mentioned, untreated varicose veins can evolve into other health problems, such as edema. This can create some discomfort.  Although, at this point, there are usually no visible skin changes. If you are experiencing excessive swelling, be sure to contact a professional who can help treat any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Phase #4 of Vein Disease – Skin Discoloration

As varicose veins progress, skin discoloration is the next phase of vein disease.  Here, tan or bronze-like discoloration usually develops in the lower legs.

Phase #5 of Vein Disease – Skin Changes with Healed Ulceration

As vein disease progresses, it is not uncommon for you to see some skin changes. The development of healed ulceration is normal. Unsure what this looks like? All this means is that an ulcer is covered by epithelial regeneration like scarring.

Phase #6 of Vein Disease – Skin Changes with Active Ulceration

The next and final stage of vein disease is active ulceration. At this point, the ulcer is usually visible — and subject to appear in a number of forms — and may be causing you some discomfort. If you are experiencing pain, be certain to visit a specialist and learn about the treatment of vein disease.

If you are in the early or late stages of vein disease, there is help. At Summit Skin & Vein Care of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, we provide a number of treatments that target various stages of vein disease. Also, do not miss out on our free vein screening, which enables us to analyze the current health of your veins.

For information about our vein disease treatment services, call Summit Skin & Vein Care of Lee’s Summit, MO, at (816) 533-4398.

Summit Skin & Vein Care is proudly serving Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Independence, Blue Springs, Harrisonville, Warrensburg, Clinton, MO, and their surrounding areas.

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