Early symptoms indicative of this condition include the sensation of heaviness in the affected limb, and aching with or without fatigue, a result of a lack of nourishment to the area. The skin may show redness and feel warm to the touch around the site of the varicose vein. The presence of thread veins can sometimes be associated with the onset of varicose veins. In many cases treatment at this stage is simple and can be performed at home.
It is important to note that the following symptoms can be an indication of the presence of more serious medical conditions that affect the veins; professional medical advice should, therefore, be considered without delay:
- Trapped fluids resulting in build-up and swelling of the leg
- Changes in skin tone and color in the lower leg region
- Calf discomfort or pain as a result of lengthy periods of sitting or standing
- Surface itching on the skin accompanied with dryness or a rash around the area of the varicose vein
- Ulcerated skin or sores