Understanding Varicose Veins: Cosmetic Issues versus Bigger Problems

You feel numbness, itchiness, and heaviness in your legs. You thought it’s not a big deal and just ignored it. But, as days and months pass by, you suddenly discovered purple-colored, bulging veins on your thighs and legs. Many people have been there; some don’t bother to call a doctor, while others apply over-the-counter moisturizing cream as a quick remedy.

If you have varicose veins that cause you pain and discomfort, there might be some serious trouble you’re still not aware of.

More Than a Cosmetic Problem

Many people think that varicose veins are just plain unsightly. They believe it can hinder them from doing their job or prevent them from wearing shorts, skirts and dresses. Healthcare professionals share that people today view varicose veins as a cosmetic issue. But, they argue that the condition can cause problems beyond just making the body look ugly.

Veins are flexible, and flaps inside known as valves should always allow blood to move through them. In some instances, however, the weakness of valves may cause poor blood circulation. This is where venous disease comes in.

Medical organization Veniti provided an explanation to enlighten people: “Venous disease is deeper than varicose veins. In order to properly diagnosis and treat outflow obstruction a more thorough diagnosis is required. This can be done through the use of a duplex ultrasound, venogram, and/or intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Venous disorders with an obstructive component can be safely and successfully treated with stenting.”

Fortunately, the advancements in technology have developed a treatment to manage varicose veins and other venous diseases.

Not Just for Older Women

Varicose veins are not just an older woman’s problem. Regardless of age, a person can develop the condition due to prolonged standing, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity. When left untreated, this could be a bigger problem.

Some men and women managed to treat varicose veins by keeping their legs elevated and wearing support hose. But, seeking professional help is more important.

  • Theresa Lewis

    My mom used to say that her varicose veins are the real cause why she was fired from her job. She insisted that the condition affected how she look, which reduced her self-esteem. She did not realize it’s a big deal and poses a deeper problem.

  • Nathan Taylor

    Venous disease is something that people should not take lightly. Twisted and elongated veins signal something serious. I’ve read it here: http://www.veinforum.org/patients/what-is-vein-disease/what-is-chronic-venous-disease

  • Dorothy Russell

    Does stenting have side effects? I’m planning to help my father treat his enlarged veins.