Varicose veins and men’s health
Much attention is given to women who experience dilated veins in the lower body most commonly referred to as varicose veins. However men also experience this condition and may not seek treatment for it because it’s seen as a cosmetic issue rather than a potentially uncomfortable health problem.
Our cardiovascular system works hard to move blood throughout our bodies around the clock. To return the blood from our legs and lower extremities our veins have one-way valves in them to prevent backflow according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In some individuals these valves fail and the blood pools in the vein dilating it and giving that twisted full appearance.
In addition to being unsightly a varicose vein can be the cause of severe discomfort. NIH explained that distended veins can cause pain itchiness throbbing cramping skin discoloration swelling in the feet and ankles or a feeling of heaviness in the legs.
NIH also discussed the more severe complications such as blood clots in a condition called superficial thrombophlebitis. Serious pain and hardening of the vein may result.
Dermatitis an itchy rash on the skin can also be caused by varicose veins and may result in bleeding and ulcers if scratched excessively.
One reason men may overlook their varicose veins is because women are more predisposed to develop them due to hormonal changes or pregnancy. However advancing age obesity and a family history can contribute to men developing this condition. Also lifestyle factors such as inactivity or standing or sitting in one position for a long period of time can also play a role.
If you’re at risk of developing varicose veins you may not completely prevent them NIH noted. However certain health practices may delay them from developing or reduce their severity.
Wearing compression hose while standing can help move the blood back up the vein as will losing weight. Regularly changing positions and elevating your feet when possible can also be effective. Increasing your physical exercise and wearing loose-fitting clothes are important too.
Fortunately treatment for varicose veins has come a long way and the majority of the treatments are minimally invasive outpatient procedures.
Reid Vein Center utilizes the most effective up-to-date treatments carefully tailored to every person’s specific vein needs. They offer free screenings regularly at locations in both Indiana and Ohio. These treatments such as laser varicose vein surgery and sclerotherapy are performed by expert physicians. You can find out more information about the Reid Vein Center by visiting their website or by calling (765) 935-8784 to schedule an appointment or ask questions.
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