There are really 3 major things that can occur by not treating your varicose veins:
- Nothing happens – If they are protruding outside your legs, they may look unsightly and just slowly get a little worse with no symptoms at all
- If they were small initially, they may become larger and symptoms can worsen, like itchiness, swelling, heaviness, bleeding or wound formation.
- Small clots can form in the varicose veins and potentially lead to a clot in the deep system.
The challenge is not knowing which of the 3 you will be. Varicose veins is generally a slowly progressive condition but there are many whereby it progresses faster than others. It is sometimes very difficult to know.