4 Myths About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins have been around for a very long time and there are many myths surrounding them. These myths include:

Varicose Veins Are a Sign of Old Age

This is untrue as there are some people who develop the condition when they are as young as 10 years. One of the major factors that trigger the condition is heredity. Research studies have shown that you have a 40% chance of developing the condition if any of your parents have the condition.

Many people argue that the condition is a sign of aging because they tend to notice it at advanced age, but this isn’t the case. The reason why you tend to notice the veins at a later stage in life is because you have allowed the condition to progress and manifest itself visibly.

You Can’t Treat The Condition, The Veins Always Re-Occur

This is untrue as once you get rid of the causative factor you will eliminate the condition. For example, if your condition is brought about by high blood pressure, controlling the blood pressure will heal the condition.

The same thing applies if the condition is brought about by hormones. You only need to control the hormones and the condition will go away. While modern treatment options are very effective, recurrence does occur in about 5% of the cases. In this scenario you only need to do some touch up care.

The Condition Is Only In Women

Research studies have shown that varicose veins occur in all people regardless of their gender. According to the studies, up to 50% of men risk developing the condition where the symptoms include: discoloration, skin ulcers, and large bulging veins.

The Condition Is Cosmetic and You Don’t Need To Treat It

While doctors say that you don’t need to seek medical advice if you aren’t experiencing any pain, varicose veins is an exception to this rule. This is because the condition is a symptom of an underlying medical problem and can be lethal.

For example, the condition is a symptom of venous hypertension or venous insufficiency. Over time the damage may become serious resulting to venous leg ulcers and even congestive heart failure.


These are myths about varicose veins. Remember that the condition is a serious medical issue and you need to get it treated as soon as possible. The cool thing is that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get it treated-there are many cheap home therapies that you can use.

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