While you are getting the kids ready for the upcoming school year – buying school supplies, making sure immunizations are up to date, and getting sports physicals – take a moment to check on their circulatory health. While it is more common among older adults, children can also develop varicose veins.It is important that parents are aware that if varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been identified in close relatives, regular checks can ensure that these conditions are identified and treated as soon as possible in others. DVT can lead to pulmonary embolisms and sometimes even death and nearly 80% of people with varicose veins have a family history.
What should parents look for?
- Leg pain – If your son or daughter has unexplained leg pain, take a closer look at the appearance of their legs. Are the veins dark in color and visible at the skin’s surface? Is there any bulging or pooling on the legs or ankles? Do the veins meander, like a river through a valley, or are they relatively straight?
- Weight gain – Carrying around a few extra pounds can take its tool on the circulatory system. If your child experiences aching, itching, or burning in their legs, varicose veins may be the cause.
- Hormonal changes – As boys and girls become young men and women, the surge of hormones can result in numerous physical changes. Keep an eye on the appearance of the veins in their legs to ensure that spider veins and/or varicose veins are not a direct result.
What should parents do if they see signs of varicose veins in their children?
Regardless of age, suspected circulatory issues, such as spider veins or varicose veins should be assessed by a board-certified vein specialist. Varicose veins are veins that are no longer working properly; their valves have failed and the blood that once flowed from the extremities back to the heart is misdirected and can pool in the leg and distort the shape and color of the veins. They are often identified by curving dark veins bulging from the surface of the skin. Most importantly, they will only get worse until they are treated.
How are varicose veins treated?
Beginning with a full evaluation using ultrasound technology, a board-certified vein specialist can provide a diagnosis, and determine the best course of action. If treatment is needed, in most cases, it can be done quickly in the office. And, unlike treatments of the past, it is completely pain-free and has a very high success rate and no downtime. Once a vein has been treated, it will be dissolved into the body, never to appear again. Because this condition is indicative of vein disease, the treatments are covered by health insurance plans in most cases.
Don’t overlook signs of varicose veins. The board-certified venous and lymphatic physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists focus exclusively on providing the most effective varicose vein treatments available. Our physicians have performed more than 10,000 procedures that have helped people of all ages eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins.
We help patients throughout the Chicago area: Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. Get back to enjoying your time on the greens. Set up a consultation with Illinois Vein Specialists today and say goodbye to varicose veins.
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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, Glenview, Northbrook, 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.