A lot of people get varicose veins as they get older, or they notice the tiny purplish spider veins spreading throughout their thighs the longer they work many hours on their feet. These unsightly veins can be very embarrassing, so if you have them, you might feel desperate to find a solution fast. You can’t go the corner drugstore and just buy a cream that will clear them up or fade them.
Because unsightly veins are such a common problem and people are so eager to get rid of them, a lot of myths persist about how to treat them. We’ve debunked some of those myths so you know what to really expect:
Myth: Varicose Veins are Just Aesthetic – They’re Harmless
The biggest problem you may currently have with your varicose veins are that they look ugly and are embarrassing. But these veins are not just an aesthetic problem, and they are not harmless. Varicose veins can cause intense, throbbing pain and itching. They can cause swelling in your legs and problems with your skin, such as dermatitis or thickened skin. Some people can even experience open sores because of their varicose veins.
Without treatment, your varicose veins can cause a lot of problems for you.
Myth: You Can Get Varicose Veins from Crossing Your Legs
Varicose veins are the result of a weakening of the veins. Many people think that crossing your legs can cut off circulation to the veins, causing them to weaken and the blood to pool in them. The truth is that varicose veins are almost always the result of heredity and age. Crossing your legs won’t have any impact on your veins!
Myth: Exercise can Exacerbate Varicose Veins
Exercise can actually improve your vein health by promoting circulation. Furthermore, if you are standing or sitting for long periods, you can exacerbate varicose veins. Taking regular, short walks can get the blood flowing and offset the risks. Exercise is particularly helpful for those who have veins deep in their muscle tissue, known as deep venous insufficiency. The exercise forces the blood back up into the body instead of settling in the veins, where it can cause swelling and pain.
Don’t believe the myths about vein health or treatment. If you have varicose veins or spider veins, you should consult a vascular expert who can help you understand the causes and how to treat them. You can love the look of your legs again and be free of discomfort. If you feel you are having issues with your varicose veins, come see Coastal Vascular, we will love your legs as much as you do! You can find us at www.coastalvascular.net, or call 713-999-6056.