Older adults are at a higher risk for developing non-healing wounds than anyone else. Because of this increased risk, it’s important to regularly examine yourself for any wounds and keep note of those that look like they’re not healing. Chronic wounds are wounds that don’t heal over the course of 2-3 months. There are a number of different types of chronic wounds and many of them are a result of infection, surgery, or ulcerations. One of the most common types of chronic, non-healing wounds in older adults is an arterial or venous ulcer.
Varicose veins are a sign of an important vascular insufficiency and compromise. Like arterial hypertension and dental cavities, the insidious nature of chronic venous hypertension is progressively destructive and should be treated before pain and other more serious symptoms occur.
At Illinois Vein Specialists we constantly see older people with this type of disease. Although many patients we treat are often older, this doesn't necessarily mean that varicose vein disease is an older person's disease or the result of age itself. It's often the opposite, and while many of us think that these bulging veins happen because of age, the fact of the matter is that by the time you notice the larger veins, it has been the result of long-term damage and disease. Varicose veins can occur in patients in the early teens, actually we've treated several of them with severe venous hypertension.
While many of us look forward to the joys of becoming a parent, there are several conditions that have a strong correlation with motherhood that are not quite so joyful -- stretch marks, swollen feet, constant worry, and varicose veins to name a few.
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.