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Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins
Spider Veins
Venous Ulcers

Varicose Veins

  • What are varicose veins?
    • They are large, bulging veins that you can see under the skin surface.
    • They most commonly occur in the legs.
    • They are often a sign of underlying venous insufficiency or “leaky veins,” in which the valves fail to efficiently pump blood toward the heart, resulting in pooling of blood in the legs.
  • Symptoms include:      
    • Heaviness, burning or aching in the legs, especially after prolonged standing
    • Swelling of the legs
    • Itching or bleeding from veins
    • Skin discoloration
    • Superficial blood clots
    • Skin ulcers

Spider Veins

  • Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels near the skin surface.
  • They can be red, blue or purple in color.
  • They are named “spider veins” because they often look like spiderwebs.
  • Spider veins can be a sign of an underlying vein disorder.

Venous Ulcers

  • Sometimes, people with advanced vein disease will develop open sores or ulcers associated with their underlying venous condition.
  • These sores are often painful and slow to heal and can be complicated by infection.
  • We work closely with the Mount Nittany Health Center for Wound Care to provide care for patients suffering from venous ulcers.
  • Treatment often includes a combination of wound care, compression and vein ablation.

To schedule a consultation with our vein experts, call 814.689.3140 or visit MyMountNittanyHealth.com.