Varicose veins might be synonymous with ageing ladies but in actual fact the condition can affect anyone, at any age. These protruding veins on the surface of the skin can cause discomfort and torment amongst those who suffer from them.
If you are concerned about varicose veins, dissecting the facts about this common condition from the myths can not only help put your mind at rest but also help you efficiently control and treat the ailment.
To unravel the truth from the inaccuracies, take a look at the following five popular varicose veins myths busted.
Myth 1: Varicose veins are merely a cosmetic issue
These lumpy veins can be unsightly and many sufferers are keen to reduce the appearance of varicose veins for cosmetic reasons. However, the symptoms of the condition stretch much further than aesthetical ones.
By increasing the pressure in the veins, the ailment can cause discomfort, including swelling, leg heaviness, throbbing and pain. This in turn can lead to fatigue and a reduced quality of life.
Myth 2: Standing for long periods of time can cause varicose veins
While standing for long periods can cause the legs to ache and perhaps aggravate the discomfort caused by varicose veins, there is no evidence to suggest the act of standing can trigger the condition.
Myth 3: Varicose veins only affect women
Another common myth is that varicose veins only affects women. The truth is the condition is not gender-specific and can affect men as well as women. Women do tend to be at a higher risk than men of developing these unsightly veins, due to the fact women produce higher levels of the hormone progesterone, which is associated with the onset on varicose veins. However, men are not immune to the condition and can also suffer from the discomfort and cosmetic angst varicose veins can create.
Myth 4: There is little point treating varicose veins as they will always return
Another inaccurate myth involving varicose veins is likely to have stemmed from less effective methods of treatment in the past, which wouldn’t fully eliminate the problem.
Today, treatments such as sclerotherapy and endothermal ablation, remove the affected veins. If the protruded veins did reoccur, it would typically be due to another malfunctioning vein.
Myth 5: Veins shouldn’t be treated unless they are causing discomfort
These unsightly veins can lead to sufferers being anxious about their appearance and damaging self-esteem. Not all problem veins do cause pain or discomfort but if they are causing cosmetic concern, the sufferer should not be worried about seeking advice about having the veins treated.
Less invasive treatments are available for varicose veins that don’t require hospital admission, such as wearing compression stockings.
If you are concerned about varicose veins and would like to discuss different types of treatment, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy and Daryll Baker, a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Centr