Myths of Varicose Veins

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People in Minneapolis and St Paul sometimes believe that the climate in our state affects their varicose veins more than other climates. That is just a myth and simply not true. Here are some other myths about varicose veins and spider veins.

First myth: Varicose veins are not a medical issue, just a cosmetic issue. This is not true as the cause of varicose veins is valves in the vein not working properly which causes the blood to pool in the vein. When varicose veins are left untreated they can cause serious medical issues such as; stasis dermatitis, blood clots, etc.

Second myth: Varicose veins don’t hurt, they just look bad. Varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort if left untreated. The blood that is pooling in the vein causes it to be swollen and start to bulge. It can lead to discomfort all day long.

Third myth: Varicose veins are a female issue. Not true. While more women than men suffer from varicose veins, a percentage of men do as well.

Fourth Myth: Spider vein is an isolated problem. Not true. Although spider veins can be caused by rosacea, sun damage, radiation exposure, trauma, and topical corticosteroids, the most common acquired cause is increased venous pressure, or venous hypertension. Spider veins in the legs are often related to the presence of venous hypertension within underlying varicose veins due to valve dysfunction.

Fifth Myth: Stripping surgery is the only way to cure varicose veins – It might be true in the past. Now, those with varicose veins can have the minimal invasive laser treatment, called endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), to remove the veins quickly and safely under local tumescent anesthesia. Another non-surgical option is sclerotherapy, injecting the chemical to seal the veins.

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