Varicose veins affect approximately 23% of all Americans. Their commonality sometimes leads to common myths. It’s time to set the record straight about varicose veins. Which of these myths do you believe?
- Crossing your legs causes varicose veins. While this position may make the varicose veins worse, it doesn’t cause them. Varicose veins indicate a problem with a person’s veins, not their sitting position.
- If a family member has varicose veins you definitely will, too. Genetics does play a role in determining a person’s increased chances of developing varicose veins, but doesn’t guarantee it. People with a family history of varicose veins have not developed them. Conversely, some people with no family history do.
- Massage can cure varicose veins. Massage can relieve varicose vein symptoms like swelling and discomfort. But it won’t make the damaged veins disappear. Treatment options like sclerotherapy and laser therapy can get rid of varicose veins.
- You won’t have to wear compression stockings if you pursue other treatment options. Compression stockings are one of the first treatment plans suggested to people with varicose veins. Some insurance companies now require patients to try compression stockings for three to six months before they will reimburse for another treatment. Additionally, compression stockings are sometimes used during the recovery period for other treatment paths.
- Varicose veins are harmless. While they often are a cosmetic issue, varicose veins indicate damage to the vein’s valve, which affects blood flow. When blood pools in the vein it can clot. A clot can move into a deeper vein. If left untreated, the clot can break free and move through the bloodstream to the lung, causing a potentially life-threatening blockage called a pulmonary embolism.
Paragon Vein Care can discuss treatment options for your varicose veins. Schedule a consultation today.