Varicose veins are simply a cosmetic problem and do not require treatment.
This is false. Varicose veins can be caused by a disease called chronic venous insufficiency which is a medical condition and if not treated will most likely continue to progress and can develop into bigger problems later in life.
Varicose veins are those big bulgy veins you see on your legs.
That is true, some varicose veins are clearly visible on the surface of the skin, but what most people don’t know is that they can also be located deeper inside the legs and cannot be seen without ultrasound.
Only women get varicose veins.
Not true. Though women are more susceptible to varicose veins due to hormones changes and pregnancy, the biggest risk factor is heredity. Whether you are male or female, you can inherit those unsightly veins from your family. Other non-discriminative risk factors that contribute to varicose veins in men and women are obesity, age, and standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Only old people get varicose veins.
Also, untrue. While the incidence of venous insufficiency and varicose veins does increase with advancing age, symptomatic venous disease has been documented in patients as young as their teens.
My varicose veins don’t bother me, so I don’t need to have them treated.
Some symptoms that you may be experiencing but not attributing to varicose veins are restless legs at night, heaviness and aching in the legs, especially after standing during the day, itching, tingling, throbbing, cramping, swelling, and even skin changes like discoloration or sores. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may be suffering from venous insufficiency and the condition is not likely to improve without treatment.