Myths About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are an incredibly common condition that will affect nearly half of all people during their lifetimes. Still, despite how common this problem is, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what the causes are. In today’s post, we will learn more about some of the misconceptions regarding varicose veins and about what the true causes really are.

Grandma’s Not The Only One:

You may be inheriting more than you anticipated. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is the idea that only people who are overweight or elderly develop varicose veins. In reality, genetics is the primary factor that determines who develops varicose veins and who doesn’t. So, if one of both of your parents have ever suffered from varicose veins, you have a much greater risk of developing them as well, regardless of age. In fact, doctors routinely see patients who are in their twenties and thirties – and even in their teens – who suffer from varicose veins. Even in very young people, varicose veins can not only develop but also be quite severe and require invasive medical intervention.

It’s Not Just Cosmetic!:

Many believe that varicose veins are merely a cosmetic concern and don’t necessarily require treatment. While the cosmetic issue is often the one that gets the most attention – because varicose veins can bulge, twist, and protrude from the skin – the fact is that the medical aspect is equally, if not more, important. Varicose veins can indicated underlying medical problems such as poor circulation and a chronic, progressive condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI. With CVI, the valves in the veins no longer function as they should, which can lead to a whole host of serious complications. In addition, varicose veins and CVI typically progress, and can lead to other problems such as hardening or thickening of the skin, in addition to burning, cramping and pain. This is why it’s important to consult a physician – preferably one that specializes in vein-related problems – to determine if something serious is causing the varicose veins, and to prevent the condition from getting worse. The fact that varicose veins are a medical condition and not just cosmetic also means that treatment is alsmot always covered by insurance.

Gender Equality:

Another common belief is that primarily women suffer from varicose veins, when in fact the condition is common in both men and women. 50 to 55% of women suffer from varicose veins and 40 to 45% of men are also afflicted with the condition. So men should also monitor they leg health and consult a doctor if they notice any changes in the veins.

If you suffer from varicose veins, book and appointment today with the experts at Alpha Vein Clinic so we can create a customized treatment plan that addresses your needs.

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