MYTH 1:

Only middle-aged women get varicose veins.

TRUTH: Anyone can develop varicose veins and they affect men and women of all ages. While anyone can get them, varicose veins occur more frequently in people who have a strong family history of venous problems, or work in occupations that require prolonged standing, such as teachers, nurses, machine operators, retail salespeople and hairdressers.

MYTH 2:

The symptoms of varicose veins are only cosmetic—large, bluish veins that bulge or bubble at the skin surface, mainly on the legs.

TRUTH: While this is indeed what varicose veins look like, sometimes they aren’t visible at all. The symptoms are far reaching and can be debilitating such as aching, heavy and tired legs, burning, itching, throbbing, night cramps, restless legs, ankle swelling, skin pigmentation, eczema and ulceration. Vein disease is progressive and likely to become worse with time. If left unchecked, varicose veins can have serious implications such as the risk of ulcers and superficial and deep vein thrombosis.

MYTH 3:

To avoid varicose veins, don’t cross your legs.

TRUTH: There is no evidence to support this. The best way to avoid varicose veins is to get enough rest, eat a healthy diet and keep your weight down to support your overall health.

MYTH 4:

Removing varicose veins involves painful surgery and weeks off work.

TRUTH: Most varicose vein issues can now be treated non surgically with new technology, allowing patients to walk in and out after only 30 minutes of treatment. These treatments are effective and have high success rates.

Vein Health Medical Clinic, Collins Place Professional Suites, Suite 10, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne. Ph: 1300 281 339 or visit https://www.veinhealth.com.au