Demystifying Myths about Varicose and Spider Veins

Demystifying Myths about Varicose and Spider Veins in AtlantaSpider veins and varicose veins are everywhere. An estimated 25 million Americans cope with some kind of vein problem, and while this high rate of occurrence means many of us think we know a lot about these issues, “common knowledge” doesn’t always align with fact. For many people who have varicose veins and spider veins in Atlanta, misconceptions are the norm, and this can get in the way of proper treatment and prevention.

We’ve touched on myths about spider veins before, but these only scratch the surface. Broadening your understanding of these common vein conditions and working to dispel mistaken notions about them can help you get rid of them for good, before they lead to a bigger problem.

If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins in Atlanta, don’t buy into these myths:

Spider veins and varicose veins are only cosmetic issues.

Unsightly veins are caused by venous insufficiency, a progressive disorder of the circulatory system that can cause fatigue, itching, aching and swelling in the legs. Treatment for spider veins and varicose veins will certainly do away with their undesirable appearance, but it can rid you of these uncomfortable symptoms as well. If untreated, varicose veins can also rarely lead to more concerning complications like ulcers and blood clots.

Treatment for spider veins and varicose veins will be painful.

Methods of vein therapy can sound intimidating, but modern medical practices make it possible to perform them with minimal pain to the patient. The majority of vein treatment procedures are performed in our offices (not a hospital) and most people are able to return to normal activities immediately after vein treatment.

I’ll need to wear compression stockings for the rest of my life.

If you’re not enamored of your compression stockings, don’t worry: most people don’t need them for long. Though stockings are considered one of the best conservative treatments for vein problems and may even provide some athletic benefits, it is almost always possible to reduce symptoms enough that these constrictive garments are no longer needed.

To put varicose veins and spider veins in Atlanta behind you, it will help to learn exactly what you’re dealing with. If you have any more questions about these common vein problems, speak with Dr. Perry.

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