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Although varicose veins are more common the older you get, they can develop as early as your twenties. The formation of varicose veins is often overlooked by young adults, but many are now seeking treatment. Luckily, there are now easy and inexpensive ways to treat vein disease.

 

Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors for varicose veins, some more common than others but all something that you should be aware of. The majority of people with vein disease have it because it is hereditary. If your parents or grandparents have suffered from varicose veins, you are more prone to developing them as well. 

It is not unusual for women to develop varicose veins at a young age due to pregnancy. Carrying a child causes hormonal changes, and increased estrogen levels can lead to the dilation of venous walls. This makes it difficult for valves to stop the backflow of blood.

Work often requires extended periods of sitting or standing, both of which can place a large amount of pressure on your veins, can also be a risk factor. Inactivity puts pressure on your legs, which is harmful to the valves in your veins. This can interfere with how blood travels back up to your heart, whether you spend the whole day sitting or standing in one spot.

A lack of exercise influences the formation of varicose veins as well. It is hard to find time to fit a workout into your busy schedule, but this lifestyle change could alter the development of your varicose veins tremendously. Instead of coming home and laying on the couch to watch TV all night, try to incorporate some exercises while watching.

 

Symptoms and Prevention

Varicose veins are accompanied by numerous symptoms, including enlarged and twisted purple veins, discomfort, itchiness, swelling, cramps, and aching legs. If you observe any of these symptoms, you may have developed a form of vein disease. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent varicose veins from worsening. Simple steps you can take to keep your veins healthier include:

  • Elevate your legs
  • Take breaks to stretch and walk around
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid heels
  • Implement a healthy diet
  • Exercise

 

Treatment

There are noninvasive and quick procedures available, so there is no need for vein stripping unless advised by a vein specialist. Some popular treatment options are:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Endovenous laser therapy
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy

Early intervention is better since it relieves varicose vein symptoms while also helping to heal more severe conditions like leg ulcers. 

 

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!