Risks of Vein Disease
- Tissue damage
- Lower leg and ankle swelling (edema)
- Internal bleeding from burst swollen vessels
- Thinning skin prone to breaks and bleeding
- Life-threatening bleeding
- Painful lower leg pressure
- Severely dry, flaky, leathery skin changes on the lower legs or feet
- Skin color changes
- Spider veins
- Delicate skin sensitive to rashes
- Developing leg ulcers
In addition to these risks, advanced vein disease causes unsightly prominent spider patterns over your ankles and feet. When your skin is dry, these veins are vulnerable to rupture. Ruptures can result from shaving, but most often occur after showering while drying with a towel. This is because veins dilate with warm water and drying with a towel across weakened, thin skin after a shower breaks the skin’s surface causing heavy bleeding.
This bleeding can be dramatic, with blood seeming to “shoot” across the room. If this happens to you, simply apply gentle pressure with a wash cloth, tissue or toilet paper, lie down and elevate the bleeding leg. There is no need for 911 or the ER as this is not serious and should stop with pressure.