5 Health Problems from Untreated Varicose Veins

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Your elderly relative is complaining about itching and pain in their lower leg, so when you inspect it you notice purplish blotches and bumpy skin.
These are varicose veins and they could trigger some significant health issues in your aging loved one if they are not treated by a doctor. Too many family caregivers don’t know about the dangers of varicose veins in elderly adults, so too many cases are left undiagnosed and untreated.

 Homecare in Coral Springs FL: Untreated Varicose Veins

Homecare in Coral Springs FL: Untreated Varicose Veins


Varicose veins are dilated blood vessels that can lead to pain and discomfort for the elderly person. Without treatment, symptoms like swelling, stiffness and pain increase and other more serious health conditions can develop. Family members and elder care aides should monitor the varicose veins to ensure they are not developing elsewhere on the body.


Here are 5 heath problems that untreated varicose veins can bring onto seniors:


1. Venous Ulcers

There are sores that develop in the are of the varicose veins and can lead to burning, pain and tenderness. Because the area is not getting enough circulation, the wound doesn’t heal quickly and may even grow larger over time.


2. Spontaneous Bleeding

Varicose veins put pressure on the skin and bring blood very close to the surface. It doesn’t take much for light bleeding to occur from a scrape or scratch. The wounds often do not heal very quickly and there is always the risk of infection.


3. Lipodermosclerosis

Varicose veins can disrupt the natural flow of blood in the legs and as a result, the tissues there can undergo some changes. With lipodermosclerosis, the tissues become firm and stiff, causing pain and tenderness.


4. Thrombophlebitis

Superficial thrombophlebitis describes inflamed veins just under the skin and it happens due to decreased blood flow and weakened vein walls. This leads to redness, swelling, pain and tenderness in the legs near the varicose veins.


5. Deep Vein Thrombosis

This is perhaps the most dangerous condition that can be caused by varicose veins. It’s when blood clots form in the varicose veins and it can cause pain and swelling. In the most serious cases, the blood clot breaks loose and travels elsewhere in the body.

There’s no doubt that varicose veins can lead to some serious health problems for elderly adults. Family caregivers, elder care assistants and physicians should all do what they can to help the aging adult avoid developing varicose veins or else managing ones that are already present. Like many health issues, prevention and early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to avoiding dangerous complications.

If you or a family member are in need of Homecare in Coral Springs, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.