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When Do Varicose Veins Begin to Develop?

When Do Varicose Veins Begin to Develop?

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose_veins_both_legsWhile varicose vein disease affects nearly 25% the entire U.S. population, many people often associate them with something that only occurs among older patients. Thhis common misconception is in actuality a harmful vein myth.  In fact, the primary cause is heredity, which accounts for about 80% of incidence, not aging.

At Illinois Vein Specialists we have seen patients as young as 17 with severe symptoms and large bulging veins, and we have also seen teenagers with just symptoms, but no physical signs. While it may be common for our practice to treat patients of all ages, much of the general public and even many physicians, whose primary education predates 2008 when the new specialty of venous and lymphatic medicine was established, do not.  

When asked, “At what age do you develop varicose veins?” we generally respond that they can develop as early as your teens. However, the assumption behind the myth relies on the fact that vein disease is typically less visible in young patients because the disease has not had as long to produce noticeable effects. Therefore, close attention must be paid to other symptoms like pain, swelling, skin discoloration or poor wound healing.  Moreover, a definitive diagnosis needs to be made via Doppler ultrasonography skillfully employed by a Certified Ultrasonographer.

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate medical attention regardless if you have pain.

 

Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and 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 even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.
 
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 physician.
 

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