Four Common Myths About Veins

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common myths about veinsOnly older women can get varicose veins. Actually, this is false. Unsightly and painful varicose and spider veins are a nuisance for millions of people across the world – and despite improved technology and new information each year, many people still believe some common myths about varicose and spider veins.  Below are four common myths people associate with each type of vein.

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are the Same Thing

Yes, there is a difference between a spider vein and a varicose vein.  Although both types of veins are caused by many of the same reasons (malfunctioning vein values, genetics, obesity), each vein looks different. Varicose veins are large, bulging vessels from under the skin’s surface and mostly appear on the legs. They usually cause pain. Spider veins are small, web-like vessels, usually red, purple and blue in color on the skin’s surface. They appear most often on the legs and face and can result from a trauma to the skin.

Only Older Women Can Get Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose and spider veins don’t discriminate. These veins can appear on anyone regardless of gender or age (even teenagers). According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, approximately half of the U.S. population suffers from a venous disease – About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in America experienced some type of vein problem. Anyone who is overweight, stands for long periods of time, has experienced a chronic heart valve condition, has a family history of venous disease, or is pregnant is at risk for developing varicose and spider veins.

Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment is Only Cosmetic

Protruding, purple veins on the legs or spider-like blue lines on the face can be embarrassing, so many people seek out treatment to reduce the visibility or remove these unwanted blemishes on the skin. However, the appearance of these veins is more than skin deep. These veins are a venous insufficiency or disease in the veins. Often times, these veins can cause pain, swelling, aching itching and restless legs. If left untreated, veins can cause the skin to change color and texture, or lead to other circulatory
problems, blood clots and ulcers, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is best not to ignore varicose or spider veins, even if there is no pain yet to prevent a potential larger problem from occurring in the body.

Varicose or Spider Veins Cannot Be Prevented

This myth doesn’t have a definite yes or no answer, because not all varicose and spider veins can be prevented. To prevent varicose and spider veins, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing sunscreen, having periodic leg evaluations, leg elevation and avoiding smoking, prolonged standing and constrictive clothing and shoes can help.

Learn More About Other Common Myths and Treatments

To properly diagnose or treat your veins, contact a local physician who specializes in venous disease. If you have any questions or concerns regarding common myths about varicose or spider veins and live in the Safety Harbor or Clearwater area, consult the doctors at West Florida Vein Center at 727-712-3233.


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