3 Myths About Varicose Veins
When it comes to health, many of us turn to the web for information and advice. We often self diagnose through the many health websites that are available at our fingertips. The internet is a great tool, but there is a lot of misinformation and frankly, ill advice to be found. For those suffering from varicose veins, read through these commonly believed myths to get the facts about leg vein health.
Myth #1: Varicose Veins Are Simply a Cosmetic Concern
Patients with untreated varicose veins will inevitably experience the harsh symptoms of vein disease. The most common symptoms are leg heaviness, dull aching, cramping, a throbbing feeling and leg swelling. Since it is a progressive disease, symptoms become worse as time goes on. Your skin may become irritated, and itch around the affected areas.
Some patients experience permanent skin damage due to bleeding, scabbing, skin discoloration and thickening, and ulcer formation. It is important to get a vein specialist’s opinion. Alpha Vein Clinic’s physician, Dr. Sassan Kaveh is experienced with all stages of vein disease. Dr. Kaveh can evaluate your veins and determine if you would benefit from having vein treatment. He can then put together a treatment plan that would be most effective for your needs.
Myth #2: Varicose veins are always visible
Varicose veins tend to bulge on the skin’s surface and appear as deep blue, red and purple ropey lines. However, this is not always the case. Varicose veins can also form deep in the body. Depending on the anatomy of the leg, fatty tissue can bury these dysfunctional veins where they aren’t visible at all. Usually, symptoms will still be present although they may be wrongfully attributed to other factors.
It is important to seek professional advice if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, even if you see no visible sign of varicose veins:
- Swollen legs, ankles and feet
- Pain after standing or sitting all day
- Restless legs
- Muscle cramping
- Throbbing, soreness, or aching in the legs
- Heavy feeling in legs
- Soreness behind the knee
- Leg muscles that tire easily
Myth #3: Varicose veins only occur in women
Varicose veins are more common in women because of female hormonal changes, but they are still extremely prevalent in men. In fact, 45 percent of men will experience varicose veins and 10 to 15 percent of men will have intensely visible, bulging varicose veins at some point in their lives. Varicose veins are first and foremost genetic, other risk factors include lack of exercise, trauma to the legs and simply aging, weakened valves in veins. Most risk factors are completely gender neutral. Symptoms for men and women are the same and luckily, treatment is just as effective in men.
At Alpha Vein Clinic, you will get an accurate diagnosis of which specific veins need to be treated by way of a doppler ultrasound. Our insurance specialist works with your health insurance plan to provide you with affordable treatment options. Treatment is minimally invasive and practically painless. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed, or have concerns about your veins call Alpha Vein Clinic today at (702) 430 7661 to set up an appointment. Dr. Sassan Kaveh and his caring staff will assist you in getting back to an active, healthy life without the painful symptoms of varicose veins.
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