The overabundance of information about varicose veins that is spread by word-of-mouth or found on various websites causes many people to think they know everything there is to know about this health problem, but they don’t. Unfortunately, the stuff people seem to know are myths, not facts.
In an effort to help people better understand varicose veins, we will debunk five of the most common myths about this specific type of venous disease.
Myth #1 – Varicose Veins are a Cosmetic Issue
There is a common belief that people who seek treatment for varicose veins are doing so only for cosmetic purposes. That isn’t true. Varicose veins can cause a number of painful symptoms that are not only life-altering, but that can lead to other health problems.
Common symptoms people experience with this condition include:
- •Constant throbbing of the leg
- •Swelling and tenderness
- •Aching and pain
- •Severe dryness and itching of the skin
- •Formation of ulcers that are difficult to heal
In order to avoid potential health problems and to make you more comfortable, it is important to seek help from a vein doctor. A vein doctor can get you a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent future health problems.
Myth #2 – Strenuous Exercise Causes Varicose Veins
People believe there is a link between the constant pounding and pressure placed on the legs while exercising and varicose veins. There isn’t a link. In fact, exercising can actually help reduce your risk of developing this venous disease by increasing circulation.
Myth #3 – Treatment for Varicose Veins is Painful
The treatment that is recommended will vary depending upon the severity of the venous disease, the symptoms you are experiencing, and how well you reacted to previously administered treatment. Some of the treatment options, such as surgery, may be painful and have a lengthy recovery process, but not all vein treatment for this condition is painful.
Some treatment options that are less painful include:
- •Making lifestyle changes
- •Laser therapy
Myth #4 – Only Women Get Varicose Veins
While women are more likely to develop a venous disease, such as varicose or spider veins, that doesn’t mean men are immune from developing these types of conditions. Men can also suffer from this type of venous disease.
Myth #5 – Varicose Veins are a Part of the Aging Process
Anyone, regardless of age, can develop varicose veins and other types of venous disease. There have been patients who have developed a venous disease in their teens, while other patients didn’t experience any symptoms until their 50s or 60s.
While your age does increase your risk of developing this type of venous disease, it isn’t the only factor that can cause this condition. Other factors, such as genetics, pregnancy and hormonal therapy, can increase your risk of developing this condition.
Schedule an Appointment with a Vein Specialist to Learn More about Varicose Veins
These are just some of the many myths surrounding varicose veins. To learn more about this venous disease schedule an appointment with a vein specialist like Dr. Chris Pittman.
Dr. Chris Pittman will not only help get you a proper diagnosis, but he will create a customized vein treatment plan for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your vein health with Dr. Chris Pittman.