Debunking The Top Myths About Varicose Veins: Get the Real Facts

Varicose veins are a common condition affecting people of all ages and genders. They are abnormal, dilated blood vessels most commonly found in the legs and can be painful. With all the different information online, it can be confusing and difficult to determine what are facts from fiction. Here are some of the most common myths about varicose veins:

– Myth 1:  Varicose Veins are a Sign of Aging

We see both women and men of all age with varicose veins. While the risk of developing varicose veins do increase with age (due to the weakening of the valves in your veins), anyone can get them, including healthy, active people in their 20s! Many other factors can contribute to the formation of these unsightly veins, including family history of varicose veins, heavy lifting, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged periods of standing or sitting. There are also many older people without varicose veins, so it is not a “normal” part of aging; instead, it is a treatable disease.

– Myth 2:  Varicose Veins Are Purely Cosmetic

Wrong! While it’s true that the appearance of these veins can be a source of negative body image, varicose veins can also cause severe pain, itching, and in some cases significant bleeding. As varicose veins worsen, the skin can break down and result in ulcers. Varicose veins can be an indication of more serious health conditions. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please see your doctor as soon as possible.

– Myth 3: Only Women Get Varicose Veins

It is a common misconception that varicose veins only occur in women. An estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men will develop varicose veins during their lifetime. Pregnancy and progesterone hormonal effects are unique risks for developing varicose veins in women, but many other risk factors exist in both men and women.

– Myth 4: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins

There is no evidence that crossing your legs causes varicose veins. Crossing your legs could make existing varicose veins worse by causing more pooling of blood in the affected area, but there is no evidence that crossing your legs causes varicose veins.

The Real Facts About Varicose Veins

At Vanishing Veins Northwest in Renton, we help you understand the symptoms of varicose veins and potential treatment options. Find out what you can do to mitigate and prevent the worsening symptoms of varicose veins.

Call us at 425-277-8346 (VEIN) to Schedule Your Appointment Today!