As a teenager there are a number of things on your mind, the least of which is varicose veins. However, with over 80 million people in the U.S. currently suffering from the disease, it is always important be educated to reduce the years of needless suffering if you happen to have them. Varicose veins are common - not just in older adults, but even in younger adults. In fact, studies have shown that varicose veins can occur in youth as early as 10 years of age. The reason that most associate varicose veins with old age, however, is due to common misconceptions about the disease.
When I first began my wonderful journey in medicine 30 years ago, emergency room medicine was new to the field and initially discredited by the majority of medical professionals. In a similar fashion, phlebology was also first disregarded as solely pertaining to aesthetic and cosmetic issues. However, as I started making my transition from ER doctor to the field of varicose and spider veins, there were a number of findings I really never knew, and it became readily apparent to me that phlebologists treat more than just symptoms, they treat the underlying source of the disease. Fascinated with my findings I wanted to share them with all the doctors out there, so here is a collection of the top 10 things I have learned since becoming a vein doctor.
Spring is well upon us and with each day the warmth invites us outside to soak up the sun and back into our favorite outdoor activities. However, for some, springtime can often be another reminder of the embarrassment and discomfort felt for those suffering with varicose and spider veins. Whether you're on the tennis court or out on the golf course, the idea of covering up your varicose veins with long pants or compression stockings is simply not ideal - particularly when the heat picks up.