Varicose veins are often associated with women. However, did you know they can affect men too? A lot of men develop the condition at some time in their lives and it causes just as much embarrassment and discomfort as it does for women.
James Blunt is the latest male celebrity to reveal he has undergone varicose vein treatment. His story follows a little after radio DJ Chris Evans shared his experiences of varicose vein treatment.
Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about varicose veins in men.
Varicose veins are common in men
Varicose veins are more common in men than you might realise. The condition is said to affect approximately 10% to 15% of men over the age of 15 in the UK. However, the actual number could be higher than this given that most men don’t seek treatment.
While it doesn’t take the issue away, knowing you aren’t alone can help. It also shows that due to how common the condition is, there is a lot of information out there, alongside effective treatments to eliminate the issue.
They aren’t just a cosmetic issue
One of the main reasons why men don’t always get varicose veins treated is because they think they are purely a cosmetic issue. However, while this is true in the beginning, when left untreated varicose veins can cause a range of problems.
In the most severe cases, varicose veins can cause blood clots which can travel up to the heart. This can lead to an obstruction, resulting in death. Obviously, this is the worst-case scenario and it is rare. However, the risk is there. The condition worsens over time so it’s best to get it treated as soon as possible.
The importance of effective treatment
If you do suspect you are suffering from varicose veins you should make an appointment with a specialist. The NHS stopped providing varicose vein treatment, so a specialist is the only option. However, you’ll find that specialists also have the best treatment options available.
At the Cornwall Vein Clinic, we have a range of innovative treatments on offer. During your consultation, the best course of treatment will be identified. You’ll find many are non-invasive and could even be carried out during your lunch break. Book a consultation today to start the process of eliminating your varicose veins.