There are actually many misconceptions about varicose and spider veins. Here are some of the most common:
1. Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins. Neither does wearing high heels. The pooling of blood is actually more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other notable causes: obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.
2. They’re not just a cosmetic problem. Probably the most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they’re, well, vain. Though experts agree that varicose veins are most often not a health issue, they shouldn’t be ignored. Varicose veins cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and general discomfort. They can also be a warning of long term health risks including: deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation and leg swelling,.
3. It’s definitely genetic, but don’t be too quick to blame one parent or the other. You can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and it can even skip a generation.
4. Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing.
Spider veins are:
- small, thin blue blood vessels that can be seen under the skin
- usually harmless
- can be a symptom of poor circulation and varicose vein formation
Varicose veins are:
- stretched-out veins where blood has pooled
- thick, “ropey” and protrude out of legs
- occur when one-way valves don’t work properly
5. There’s no proven way to reduce the appearance (aside from professional treatment), though some patients use makeup to cover up their prominent veins. But you can ease the painful symptoms. One temporary solution: Compression stockings or pantyhose
6. Treatment is better than ever, so that’s good news is that treatment today is quite advanced. There are no scars, no cutting—very minimal recovery. And it is all offered at Reno Vein Clinic.
Call us at 775-329-3100 to schedule a consultation. Our procedures are done in an office setting, away from the hospital and with no need for general anesthesia.
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