Varicose veins appear as swollen, twisted veins that affect at least 20 to 25 million Americans, with women at a higher risk of developing this condition, American Society of Vascular Surgery. These veins usually appear on legs but can also develop elsewhere on the body as well. Varicose veins are caused by malfunctioning valves in the veins that affect normal flow of blood and present many painful and challenging symptoms such as leg pain and cramps, swelling in the legs, Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and if left untreated these symptoms can lead to serious complications. USA Vein Clinics is committed to patient care; here are some common myths about varicose veins. Myth#1. Varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem: There is a common misconception that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem and are harmless. This is not true, if left untreated symptoms such a s throbbing, leg pain and cramps can lead to open sores, thickened and discolored skin. Varicose veins are a sign of an underlying circulatory problem that requires medical treatment. Myth#2. Spider and varicose are the same: Spider veins are dilated veins in the surface of the skin and form a web like pattern. Whereas, varicose veins are in the fat between muscle and skin. Infact varicose veins may cause spider vein due to pressure, especially in the ankle area. Myth#3. Crossing your legs cause varicose veins: Varicose veins are caused by heredity, pregnancy, weight gain and lifestyle. People whose jobs requires them to stand for a long time are at a higher risk for developing varicose veins. Myth#4. Varicose veins always appear as visible and unsightly veins: Sometimes varicose veins appear as ropy, swollen and bulging veins, bluish or purplish in color but they can sometimes be deep without an appearance but still cause symptoms like; tired and achy legs, swelling and skin color changes. Myth#5. Varicose veins will go away on their own: Varicose veins are caused by dysfunctional valves that cannot be fixed. These damaged valves can cause blood to flow backward and pool in the legs. The only way to fix this condition is to get treatment. Myth#6. Varicose veins requires surgery: Maybe this was true in the past. At USA Veins Clinics we use minimally invasive, non-surgical AND FDA approved treatment for varicose veins; Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) during which the damaged vein is sealed using a laser microfiber and healthy vein take over blood flow immediately. Majority patients feel relief after an EVLT procedure and enjoy a life free of painful varicose veins.
If you are suffering from symptoms of vein disease don’t believe in misleading myths call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with one of our vascular specialists so they can help enjoy an improved quality of life.