Varicose veins are a common medical problem, affecting as many as one in four U.S. adults. That may be why so many myths have developed about what causes them and how to treat them.
Unfortunately, these misconceptions can lead to confusion and sometimes needless suffering.
Let’s take a look at the truth behind several common myths about varicose veins.
Myth 1: Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.
Fact: While many people are bothered by the appearance of bulging, ropy blue veins, that’s not the only reason to seek treatment for them. Varicose veins can cause swelling, tired, achy legs and, left untreated, can lead to skin ulcers and blood clots.
Myth 2: Only old people get varicose veins.
Fact: Although the chances of developing varicose veins rises as you age, people much younger—even in their teens—have developed the problem. In particular, some women develop varicose veins when they’re pregnant.
Myth 3: Varicose veins are just a problem for women.
Fact: While varicose veins are more common among women than men, both sexes develop them. Estimates are that about 25 percent of adult women have varicose veins, compared with about 10-15 percent of adult men.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t treat varicose veins until you’re finished having children.
Fact: Varicose veins can be treated even if a woman is still planning to have children, and with her ob-gyn’s permission, even during pregnancy. In fact, treatment may relieve discomfort during pregnancy.
Myth 5: Varicose vein treatment is expensive.
Fact: If your varicose veins are causing medical symptoms, such as pain and swelling, your insurance will often cover at least a portion of the treatment cost.
Myth 6: Treating varicose veins is extremely painful.
Fact: Newer treatment techniques have made removing varicose veins a much less painful procedure that can usually be done on an outpatient basis, with patients able to return to normal activities quickly.
Myth 7: Too much exercise can cause varicose veins.
Fact: Exercise may help prevent varicose veins by helping you maintain a healthy weight. (Obesity is one risk factor for developing them.) Exercise also helps boost circulation; walking and running in particular can help your calf muscles push more blood up to your heart.
If you have questions about varicose veins and how to treat them, feel free to contact us at Palm Vein Center.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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