As the good times come, varicose veins become more common. At such times, many people complain of feeling heavy, and unfortunately, the inflammatory condition of the varicose veins also occurs several times. Fortunately, the problem itself is not dangerous – but very painful – but it doesn’t hurt to know that it increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis and is even easy to confuse with it. Prof. György Blaskó, coagulation specialist of the Thrombosis and Hematology Center tells you what to watch out for people with varicose veins.
Summer and varicose veins
For those struggling with varicose veins, summer, heatwave hides a lot of discomfort as heat and high humidity increase varicose complaints. The flow of blood in the veins slows down, stagnation occurs, which is accompanied by edema and pain. Unfortunately, this also increases the chances of varicose veins, the root cause of which is damage to the vein wall.
Symptoms of varicose veins include pain, redness in the area, lump palpation, or fever and fever. Fortunately, the problem itself is a lot of inconvenience in itself, but it is not serious. Nevertheless, it is better to be careful, as on the one hand it is easy to confuse with deep vein thrombosis, and it can easily develop from it, and unfortunately even recur.
Causes of varicose veins
- age (> 60 years)
- varicose veins
- insect bite
- venous wall damage
- high estrogenic agents
- thrombophilia (not only prone to deep vein thrombosis)
Varicose veins or thrombosis?
The main difference between the symptoms of superficial varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis is that in the latter case there is a significant volume difference between the two limbs, or, in case of varicose veins, to experience redness and lumps above the given vessel (which is actually a blood clot formed in the superficial vein), while in DVT, to see livid discoloration all over the limb and the whole surface is warm to the touch. (The exception is the so-called silent thrombosis, which does not cause symptoms, which is why it is very dangerous!)
Worth knowing if symptoms are atypical, it may be difficult to distinguish between the two conditions, therefore, the two should be separated by Doppler ultrasound and D-dimer level measurement.
In case of DVT, lying down, in case of varicose veins, movement is recommended
Separation of the two conditions is also important because of the therapy used, since in deep vein thrombosis, the first step is to dissolve the blood clot, and it is important that the patient does not move so that the thrombus ruptures and causes pulmonary embolism – warns prof. György Blaskó, coagulation specialist of the Center for Thrombosis and Hematology. Later, anticoagulant therapy is required.
In contrast, in the case of superficial varicose veins, the person concerned must move (eg walking), as in the case of immobilization the problem can easily be directed to the deep veins! At The patient is treated with NSAID-type anti-inflammatory / analgesic and compression therapy, who can also apply a compress to the area.. LMWH anticoagulant administration is only required in cases where the patient is at increased risk for DVT (eg thrombophilic, restricted, cancerous patient).
Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.
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