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Can Teenagers Develop Varicose Veins?

Can Teenagers Develop Varicose Veins?

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Susan Kanehann

Vein_Disease_In_Youth.pngAs 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.

For starters, varicose veins do not need to be present in order for you to have serious vein disease.  Symptoms can include leg swelling, restless legs - particularly when you are sleeping, itchy or dry skin near the ankles and calves, or just small clusters of spider veins. The reason that see large bulging veins in older adults is mainly due to the fact that the disease has had many years to manifest and create significant venous damage. Additionally, as you age your skin’s elasticity changes becoming more elastic and vulnerable to stretching, etc.

Another reason that many people don’t recognize vein disease in younger adults is due to the newer implications associated with the diseases and the medical specialty itself. Venous and Lymphatic medicine is a newer specialty - 2008, and many doctors are still unaware of the prevalence and symptoms associated wit the disease. It is however, important to understand that vein disease is a real diseases. It is often covered by insurance and should be treated immediately. If treated at the source by a trained vein specialist, your varicose veins will likely never return (less than a 2% chance of recurrence). It is important to understand the possible symptoms and to seek medical advice when needed.

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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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