Five varicose veins myths uncovered

19th March 2017 by Daryll Baker0
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Despite being a common condition, which affect as many as a third of us, varicose veins have their fair share of myths in circulation. If you are concerned about varicose veins and unsure of what’s fact and what’s fiction, take a look at the following five varicose vein myths the Vascular Consultancy have uncovered.

1.Varicose veins are harmless and are purely a cosmetic concern
Granted, these unsightly, bulging veins can be a cosmetic concern to those who suffer from them but they can also cause discomfort and even pain. As well as throbbing, itching and aching, advanced cases of varicose veins can lead to swelling and dermatitis.

2.Men are not at risk
Women can be prone to varicose veins during pregnancy. However, men are also at risk from the condition. In fact, according to research carried out in Britain, as much as 56% of men suffer from varicose veins.

3.Exercise makes varicose veins worse
Another varicose vein myth in circulation is that exercise worsens the condition. Being overweight can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, therefore exercising, eating healthily and staying within your ideal weight range can help keep the condition at bay, and, if you do suffer from it, help prevent the swollen veins from becoming worse.

4.Varicose veins are the sign of old age
While age can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, they are not necessarily a sign of age. The principle factor that will determine whether you will develop varicose veins is hereditary, and people as young as ten can develop this condition.

5.The only treatment for varicose veins is surgery
Wrong again! While surgery is used to treat this condition, there are several other forms of treatment that can effectively improve the look and feel of the affected veins.
One such non-surgical procedure is wearing compression stockings, which help decrease the swelling and even appearance of the veins, though will not effectively ‘cure’ them.
Other treatment options include radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser, amongst others.

If you are concerned about this common condition and would like to discuss the different treatment options, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy.
Dr Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy is a leading vascular surgeon in the UK and will be able to discuss the different treatment options with you to help you determine which treatment is likely to work best for you.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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