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Health Tip: Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Health Tip: Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

12/27/10

(HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins in the legs that can be painful, although they're usually not serious.

The womenshealth.gov Web site says you should see a doctor about varicose veins if:

  • A vein becomes swollen, red, tender or feels warm.
  • Sores or a rash develop nearby.
  • Skin on the ankle or calf thickens and changes color.
  • The vein starts to bleed.
  • Symptoms hinder daily activities or cause emotional distress.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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