6 Myths about Varicose Veins

varicose vein valve diagramMyth #1: Varicose Veins are Caused by Pregnancy.

Just like in Myth #1, pregnancy can exacerbate varicose veins but it is not a cause. In most cases, these veins than do become visible during pregnancy fade after delivery.

Myth #2: If Mom has Varicose Veins, You will too.

While there is a genetic link in vein disease, just because your grandparents or parents developed bad veins doesn’t guarantee that you will. As it turns out, only about one in two people with them have a family history of varicose veins.

Myth #3: Compression Stockings aren’t Necessary if you’re getting Vein Treatment.

Compression stockings are the first and final line of defense when treating swollen veins. Insurance companies want you to wear compression stockings for several months to see if they can solve the problem before they are willing to pay for any more advanced treatment methods. After treatment, you will be required to wear stockings for up to two months.

Myth #4: Massages Cure Varicosities.

Varicose veins can be accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, cramping, throbbing, soreness, or aching in the legs. Massaging will not make veins go away but they can help alleviate these symptoms.

If you want to get rid of diseased veins for good, there are effective treatments out there. Many people find relief in laser/light therapy and/or sclerotherapy. Both are outpatient procedures with little to no downtime. 

Myth #5: Tattoos Cause Damaged Veins.

There is absolutely no connection between the two.

Myth #6: You Should Wait Until You’re Done having Children Before Treating Veins.

This advice is counterproductive. By treating veins early, you can prevent them from becoming more severe and harder to treat later.

Call the Advanced Vein Center Today 724-987-3220 

After a thorough Doppler Ultrasouns exam, our Vein Doctor will create a comprehensive plan, just for you.

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