Varicose veins have been diagnosed and treated for decades. Most commonly present in the legs, they don’t just look unsightly – they can also be painful or uncomfortable.
Despite how common the condition is, there are a lot of myths that surround varicose veins; particularly on the internet. The trouble is, believing these myths can prevent patients from seeking the right treatments and even cause them to go undiagnosed.
Here we’ll look at some of the top varicose vein myths currently circulating online.
Myth #1: Varicose veins are always bulging and visible
Look up varicose veins online and you’ll see most images and descriptions of the condition show they are always visible. However, this isn’t necessarily the case.
It’s entirely possible to have varicose veins that are invisible to the naked eye. They may have developed deep under the skin, but they still present the same unpleasant symptoms.
Myth #2: Varicose veins are unsightly but harmless
While it’s true that very few patients experience serious complications as a result of their varicose veins, this is largely because they seek treatment early. If varicose veins are left untreated, they can lead to other, more serious complications.
Throbbing and swelling are just two unpleasant side effects, but more seriously they can lead to blood clots and various changes within the skin.
Myth #3: Surgical treatment is required and it isn’t overly effective
At one time, surgery to treat varicose veins wasn’t very pleasant or effective. However, treatments have changed dramatically over the past decade. There are very effective non-surgical options available these days. The treatment required will depend upon the severity of the condition and how early it is detected.
These are just three of the top myths surrounding varicose veins. It’s really important to consult with an experienced surgeon, rather than simply searching for information online. You might just be surprised by how easily your varicose veins can be treated.
Why not book a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today? Our friendly experts will be able to assess your varicose veins and help you establish the best course of action to treat the problem.