Contrary to what you might think, varicose veins aren’t gender specific. Men can, and do, experience varicose veins. In fact, as many as 56% of men suffer from varicose veins.1 The risk of developing them increase as you get older, but varicose veins can occur at any age. Rather than thinking that it’s a woman’s, it’s time that men start to understand the importance of identifying and treating varicose veins.
A varicose vein is a sign that one of your veins is no longer capable of doing its job. They look like they’re bulging out of your skin and often take on a purple-blue color. The problem is that many people think varicose veins are simply cosmetic concerns, which is why men tend to seek treatment less often than women. However, it’s important to remember that varicose veins are more than a cosmetic problem.
Varicose veins are serious and can lead to dangerous complications when left untreated. If you start to notice that your varicose veins occur alongside other symptoms, such as fatigue, swelling, itchiness, discomfort, bleeding, or even skin ulcers, you need to see a board-certified vein specialist to address the problem. If the varicose vein is left untreated when these symptoms start to present themselves, you’re more at risk for thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is serious and can be fatal if it develops into a pulmonary embolism. For that reason, if you feel any pain at all associated with your varicose vein, regardless of if you’re a male or female, you need to seek treatment.
The earlier you treat your varicose veins, the better. While you should seek treatment immediately if you start feeling pain, addressing the problem beforehand will reduce the likelihood of serious complications and eliminate the chance of pain. To help ensure you take care of yourself, schedule a consultation with a board-certified vein specialist at Illinois Vein Specialists today. Using a small laser, your varicose vein will be targeted, re-absorbed into your body, and your blood flow will redirect to healthy veins. This will eliminate any risk of complications and symptoms immediately.
To help reduce the likelihood of experiencing varicose veins as a male, make sure you exercise regularly and add in strength training exercises for your lower body. Try to avoid sedentary lifestyle habits and consider using compression hoses. Yes, it might seem a bit weird to wear stockings as a man, but they will help distribute pressure evenly across your body. Taking care of your body isn’t something to be ashamed of, so if you’re worried about ridicule simply wear them under your pants.