Varicose Veins Symptoms

Varicose veins are a common problem, usually affected women in the age group of 30 to 70. An experienced vein specialist will physically examine the varicose vein symptoms and perform ultrasound based diagnostic tests to determine the full extent of the problem. Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and tend to bulge out of the skin surface in the affected areas of the legs.

Some patients may not experience pain or discomfort with varicose veins. But if they are able to note the appearance of blue, purple or red varicose veins, they should see a vein expert.

Outstanding, astute, and board certified vein doctor Dr. Nina Grewal provides treatments for varicose veins to patients in Inland Empire, Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, and surrounding areas of California and other neighborhoods and cities in this part of the southwest.


Nearly one-third of the adult US population suffers from some form of varicose veins. Women, moms with multiple children and overweight or obese people often have a higher risk of developing varicose veins. Pain or discomfort may be experienced in specific situations, such as during menstrual cycle, or while standing or sitting in one position for a long time. Patients should be aware of the following common symptoms of varicose veins:

  • Unsightly veins in the legs in blue, dark purple or reddish color
  • Twisted and bulging veins, appearing like cords
  • When painful signs occur, an achy or heavy feeling in the affected areas
  • Stinging or burning sensation, muscle cramping, throbbing and swelling in the lower legs
  • Worsening of symptoms after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Itching or soreness in the area around the veins
  • Bleeding from the veins
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Some patients may have additional symptoms such as hardening of the veins, change in vein color, inflamed skin, or ulcers in the skin near the ankle. These may indicate a more serious form of vascular disease.


When the varicose veins are causing constant pain, the symptoms are likely to be worse during the day. Partial relief may be obtained by wearing compression socks or by keeping the legs elevated. Clotting may sometimes occur in the varicose veins, which can make the area hard, warm, painful and discolored.

When these symptoms are seen, it may be a condition called phlebitis. This is an uncomfortable but temporary occurrence, which will gradually dissipate in a few months. Clotting related to phlebitis is limited only to veins on the surface, and does not pose the risk of deep vein thrombosis.

Varicose veins may sometimes bleed or burst with minor trauma. If ulceration or skin tears are noticed, it could indicate a more severe case of varicose veins. The patient should see a vein treatment expert who will conduct a physical exam as well as ultrasound diagnostic tests to determine the extent of the problem. They will also check the medical and family history of the patient to understand the risk factors.

Pragmatic, adroit, and board certified vein doctor Dr. Grewal of Empire Vein Specialists receives patients from Inland Empire, Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, and surrounding areas of California, and nearby areas across the landscape for varicose vein treatments.

Vein expert, Dr. Nina Grewal, is taking patients from Inland Empire, Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, and surrounding areas of California. Please call 1.800.VARICOSE.