Those bulging veins in your legs that stick out because they’re purple or dark in color are certainly not something that most people want to deal with, but the truth is that about half of all adults—including men and women—will experience varicose veins at some point in their life. Unfortunately there are a lot of myths out there about these types of veins that could be getting in your way of getting proper treatment and understanding your options.
Myth: Pregnancy or Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins
Truth: Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins, and neither does pregnancy or wearing tight clothing, but if you already have varicose veins then these things might exacerbate what is going on with your veins. The cause of varicose veins is poor pressure that allows blood to pool in the veins in your lower extremities, but having external pressure doesn’t generally make this pressure any worse. As for pregnancy, it may make varicose veins more noticeable, but for most women it will go away after giving birth.
Myth: Varicose Veins are Genetic
Even if every woman in your immediate and extended family has varicose veins, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to get them. However, there is a genetic predisposition for the condition for about half of all the people who get them, so there is some truth to this myth. If you’re concerned about it, bring it up with your doctor before the varicose veins appear to make sure that you are doing what you can to prevent problems and address issues as they come up.
Myth: Massage is as Effective as Other Treatments
There are certainly benefits of getting a massage when you suffer from varicose veins, but this type of treatment will not provide a cure. Instead, it can help to relieve some of the symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as swelling, “heavy” feeling in the legs, and muscle cramps and aching or throbbing in the legs.
Effective treatments for varicose veins usually include laser therapy and sclerotherapy (injections), which help improve blood flow and reduce bulging veins. It’s important to note that some insurance might require that you use compression stockings before getting more advanced treatment, and you may also need to wear these stockings after treatment to help with healing.
Myth: Wait Until After Pregnancy for Treatment
While pregnancy can sometimes exacerbate varicose veins, you don’t have to wait until after pregnancy to seek treatment if you are already suffering from the condition. You may benefit from getting treatment earlier if you know that it could be a problem for you.
Perhaps a final myth is that once you get treatment that’s the end of worrying about varicose veins. While these treatments can often provide you with lasting relief, it’s important to take care of your body and your legs by maintaining a healthy weight and using non-invasive treatments such as compression socks in situations where varicose veins might be an issue (such as standing for long periods of time or traveling by air). To find out how you can get relief from your varicose veins, visit Davis Surgical Associates today for your vein treatment options.