According to the statistics around 30% of Americans develop varicose veins at some point in their lives. Varicose veins are formed in the layer of fat between the muscle and skin, as we age or experience hormone changes. In this case, the valves in your leg veins weaken, and may allow blood to leak backward, and cause the veins to dilate and swell.
The varicose veins are usually harmless, however, in some cases, they can cause physical discomfort. Approximately, 10% of people suffer from more severe side effects (such as swelling and bleeding). What are some of the myths about varicose veins?
One of the most common mistaken belief of people about the varicose veins is that they’re only a cosmetic problem. According to Dr. Gibson, they can impact an individual’s quality of life by causing aching, heaviness, throbbing, itching, and cramps.
Another wrong opinion about varicose veins is that they occur only in people who are overweight or only women, they can appear in all body types, and men, too. Many times they tend to run in families, as a result of an act of hormones, often appearing for the first time during pregnancy.
The people also believe that varicose veins require invasive surgery to treat, which is not a real solution to do.
Is there any place for concern if you’ve got varicose veins?
When you are facing more serious problems (leg swelling, rashes, skin thickening, skin discoloration, and painful ulcers), or bleeding after minor trauma, you have to make an appointment with your doctor right away.
By the way, it doesn’t hurt to get your varicose veins checked out, especially if they’re causing you physical discomfort. After your clinical evaluation, you will know whether your vein problems are a cosmetic issue, a health issue, or both.
The treatment of the varicose veins
There are several procedures:
– Vein stripping, a procedure that required lengthy recovery time (in the past).
– Sclerotherapy (injections of a solution that cause the problem vein to scar, forcing blood into healthier veins),
– Microphlebectomy (a minimally invasive surgery),
– Endothermal ablation (a technique that uses a laser or high-frequency radio waves)
– Compression stockings,
– As the remedies are quickly evolving, in the last period a few new procedures using sclerotherapy have emerged, such as, VenaSeal, that was approved by the FDA.
Are there any non-medical fixes?
According to Dr. Gibson, there aren’t known natural or home remedies.
It is well known that rapid weight gain or obesity, as well as standing for long periods of time can worsen any vein issues that exist. Getting regular exercise may help you prevent vascular problems from arising in the first place.