You might be well-acquainted that varicose veins are common disease conditions occurred due to weakness in the outer wall and inner valves of the veins. Varicose veins can be seen in any part of the body; however, these are commonly observed in the legs and pelvic region. In some patients, varicose veins are an aesthetic concern, whereas some patients having varicose veins experience pain that can be an indication of serious health issues.
It is essential to address the myths that prevail in society pertaining to varicose veins to enlighten ourselves and others regarding the severity of varicose veins.
Common Misconceptions of Varicose Veins
The following are the most common myths about varicose veins:
- Varicose Veins are only a Cosmetic Concern
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern, but they can seriously impact your health. Many patients diagnosed with varicose veins experienced symptoms such as leg cramps, throbbing pain in the extremities, pain and heaviness in the legs, swellings of the extremities, and other complications. If you are diagnosed with varicose veins, then there is a high risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
- Varicose Veins Health Issue Affects Only Women
Varicose veins are commonly observed in women; however, a major portion of the male population is also known to be affected by varicose veins. Therefore, varicose veins can affect any gender.
- Varicose veins Can be Due to Running
Physical activity, such as running, is good for your entire body, especially veins. It will prevent the accumulation of blood in your veins. Therefore, it is recommended for the patients affected by varicose veins to do walking regularly wearing compression stockings to lead a healthy life.
- Varicose Veins are Often Visible
The varicose veins that are present on the surface of your skin are visible; however, the varicose veins that are present deep inside the body cannot be visible. For instance, if you have fat deposited between your muscles and skin, obviously you will not see the varicose veins.
- Standing for a Long Time can Cause Varicose Veins
People whose jobs require standing for a longer period of time such as teachers, traffic policemen, etc are affected with varicose veins. No evidence suggests that if someone stands for a longer duration of time, they can be affected with varicose veins.
- Lifestyle Modification will not Alleviate Varicose Veins Symptoms
Lifestyle modification plays a significant role in alleviating your varicose veins symptoms. Obesity is the major cause of varicose veins and the symptoms can be minimized by weight loss. In addition, elevating the legs while sleeping and practising calf-strengthening exercise can significantly reduce the varicose veins symptoms.
- Varicose Veins Occurred due to Aging
Varicose veins are commonly observed in older patients. However, there are several instances of varicose veins diagnosed in children and adolescent patients. As varicose veins are hereditary, there is no correlation of varicose veins diagnosis with age.
- Surgery is the only Treatment for Varicose Veins
Previously, the only treatment option for varicose veins is a surgical procedure called stripping where the affected veins are removed from the body. Due to the advancement of technology, there are various varicose veins treatment options available now such as Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins, Varicose Veins Radio-Frequency Ablation, etc. It is recommended to consult your vascular surgeon to know the available treatment options.
- Difficult to Recover from Varicose Veins
The advanced treatment provided for varicose veins will have a quick recovery time. Within 20-30 minutes, the procedure will be completed, and the patient can perform their daily activities on the same day.
- Women Should Opt for Varicose Veins Treatment after Having Children
There is no hard and fast rule that women should opt for varicose veins treatment after having children. It is recommended for women to treat the varicose veins at the earliest; however, the risk of developing varicose veins is higher during pregnancy.
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