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Varicose veins are much more than just a cosmetic issue.
In fact, many patients with varicose veins may have a more serious underlying health issue that requires immediate attention.
Are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins the Same?
It is a common misconception that varicose veins and spider veins are the same.
While spider veins are small, web-shaped, and appear just under the skin, they are generally harmless.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are more extreme and tend to bulge out of the skin.
Who Can Get Varicose Veins?
A cosmetic issue or something more serious, varicose veins affect about 23% of people across the USA.
There are many factors which may indicate why many get varicose veins, including the following:
· Hereditary reasons
· Women are 50% more likely than men to get varicose veins
· Veins weaken as you age
· Prior injury
· Prior trauma
· Prior surgery
· You are required to stand for prolonged periods of time
· You lead a sedentary lifestyle
If you have varicose veins and have noticed swelling, heaviness, aching, bleeding, itchiness, or inflammation you will want to call a vein expert immediately.
Moreover, if you notice that your veins have become warm or tender to touch, or if ulcers develop, you should call a doctor, as this is no longer a cosmetic issue.
Once you meet with your doctor you can discuss your treatment options.
Below are some of the most common treatment options for varicose veins:
· Medical Adhesive Vein Closure
· Radiofrequency Ablation
· Endovenous Laser Ablation
Your doctor should be able to best identify the treatment options for your individual case.
Compression stockings are also typically suggested as a way to manage varicose veins.
The Vein Center of Maryland
If you have noticed the development of varicose veins and would like to speak with an expert, The Vein Center of Maryland is here for you.
Call (410) 970-2314 now to schedule your free vein consultation at The Vein Center of Maryland.