The first step towards better leg health and an improved quality of life is understanding what a vein disease is. If you succeed in understanding its symptoms and available treatment options, you’re more likely to get better. However, there are some existing myths about venous diseases such as varicose veins, spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency that can hinder your recovery process. Here are some of these myths you should watch out for.
- Vein disease is a problem only in older people
Irrefutably, age is one of the risk factors associated with varicose and spider veins due to wear and tear of the vein valves. However, this is not the most significant risk factor. Apparently, heredity plays a substantial part in all reported cases. Thus, it’s not unusual to find a teenager or young adults with vein disease.
- Vein disease is a mere cosmetic problem
Many people believe that such diseases are not problematic and only need to be treated if people are concerned with how they look. Unfortunately, the few symptoms that may be present are often the tip of the iceberg, and a person is likely to suffer more severe complications such as edema if treatment is forfeited.
- Women should wait to receive treatment past their childbearing age
Pregnancy causes a rise in blood pressure and therefore vein-related complications in the course of the pregnancy. Since a woman shouldn’t receive treatment while pregnant, it is advisable that your condition is checked and treated months before you decide to become pregnant, especially if you have a family history of vein related complications.
- Vein disease treatment is expensive and not covered by insurance
Since people believe vein treatment is purely cosmetic, they are inclined to think it is unaffordable. Because of the deleterious effects and conditions that follow a vein disease, insurance will almost always cover treatment costs. The earlier the treatment is initiated, the more likely it will be successful and the less it will cost your insurance company.
- Men are immune to vein disease
An estimated 42% of men are likely to have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) by the age of 60. While most will ignore the symptoms and avoid seeking treatment, they are predisposed to having more complicated conditions.
As a practice, we use the latest techniques to perform treatment such as sclerotherapy which is less costly and less abrasive. In case you’re seeking spider vein treatment in Atlanta or any other vein disease, contact Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta today to schedule an appointment and treatment from our experienced team.