There are many myths regarding vein disease. This article will address some of the top myths, in order to improve patient awareness.
Myth #1: Aging and Vein Disease Go Hand in Hand
This myth perpetuates through the ages, but the truth is that vein disease can affect many age groups, including teenagers. It may also take vein disease some time to take root before actually revealing the symptoms of bulging veins. Patients are advised to consult with a specialist if there’s a family history of vein disease, as this is the most prevalent risk factor.
Myth #2: Vein Treatment is Merely Superficial
While patients will feel more attractive without bulging veins, there’s more to the story than a cosmetic flaw alone. Most bulging veins are linked to serious health implications if left untreated. Some examples include hypertension, blood clots, and lethargy.
Myth #3: Insurance Doesn’t Cover Vein Disease Treatment
Due to myth #2, with vein disease considered a mere cosmetic issue, many individuals assume that health insurance plans won’t cover treatment. Conversely, most health insurers do in fact cover the treatment – because vein disease happens to be a medical issue. Ultrasounds are performed by the health insurers’ phlebologists in order to determine the underlying vein disease.
Myth #4: Repair of Spider and Varicose Veins Is Temporary
In most cases, the chances of varicose or spider veins reoccurring is slim. It’s based on the effectiveness of the initial treatment.
Myth #5: Spider and Varicose Veins are One And The Same
While these often carry many similarities in terms of appearance, spider veins are usually a cosmetic issue, while varicose veins stems from medical issues.
Myth #6: Vein Stripping Is the Only Way To Treat Vein Disease
Modern marvels like the EVLT or Endevenous Laser Treatment provides effective treatment that is fast, non-invasive, and requires no downtime.
The most common risk factors when it comes to vein disease include fluctuations in weight, standing for prolonged periods of time, pregnancy and genetics. Some of the telltale signs of vein disease, besides the visible bulging veins include tiredness and swelling in the legs, restless leg syndrome, skin discolorations in the leg, or wounds that take longer than usual to heal.
If you have questions regarding vein disease, be sure to speak with a specialist as soon as possible. The earlier vein disease is treated, risks are lowered and the symptoms relieved.