When should you consult a phlebologist ? Warning signs
Stay alert: certain symptoms or the existence of personal factors should prompt you to consult a phlebologist !
- Functional disorders: heaviness in the legs, pain, cramps, pruritus (itching), tingling (paresthesia), lower limb edema
- Cosmetic concerns
- Family history
- An occupation involving prolonged standing or a stationary position
A thorough clinical examination performed on a medical step stool associated with Doppler ultrasound (an essential examination in 2017 for both the diagnosis and treatment of vascular pathologies) will help to determine exactly what type of vascular disease you suffer from. For example:
- small, permanently dilated intradermal veins generally less than 1 mm in diameter correspond to telangiectasias (spider veins);
- dilated and tortuous or branched blue veins located within or just below the dermis that measure between 1 and 3 mm in diameter correspond to reticular veins (this definition excludes the normal veins visible in very fair-skinned persons);
- dilated and sinuous subcutaneous or intrafascial veins that are usually larger than 3 mm in diameter correspond to varicose veins.