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27Feb

Men & Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are genetic and affect both men and women. Daily activities can also contribute to the problem. Sitting or standing for long lengths of time interferes with normal circulation and could cause vascular damage. Varicose veins might also appear after an injury. The risk of developing vein issues increases with age secondary to the loss of muscle mass and tone along with weakening of blood vessel walls.

Varicosities in Men

Researchers believe that up to 45 percent of men of all ages develop varicose veins at some time during their lives. The problem affects young athletes to elderly males. Problem veins are often camouflaged, as men are accustomed to wearing long pants and have an abundance of hair on their legs.

Although vein-related symptoms may develop, the condition is not normally equated with being a male problem in the minds of men. They might also be aware that they have varicose veins, but are not bothered by their appearance. For these reasons men commonly do not seek medical intervention. Unfortunately, if left untreated, the problem progresses until one or more veins swell and begin throbbing. By waiting too long, the only recourse may include more severe correction options.

Varicose Vein Treatments

Treating varicose veins in men is the same as the treatments provided for women. Initially, physicians may recommend that a man wear medical-grade support hose. Changing position intermittently throughout the day encourages adequate blood flow. In more serious cases, physicians might recommend endovenous laser treatments. The therapy involves inserting a small laser fiber into the problem vein. A pulse of energy is then delivered, which collapses and seals the vein. Recovery time is not needed. Alternative treatments include sclerotherapy.

Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose vein symptoms are the same in both genders. Suffering from sleep depriving restless legs during the night is one symptom often associated with varicose veins. If walking or engaging in physical activity causes leg pain, an insufficient vein could also be the problem. Other symptoms include unusual leg fatigue or heaviness. Redness or swelling might indicate an inflamed vein or phlebitis. Untreated, severe cases may progress to blood clot formation or skin deterioration over the affected vein.

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