You don’t often see young people with varicose veins but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Actually it’s more common than you think. Varicose veins and spider veins are not just something to worry about when you are older. Most persons at some point in life will suffer from spider veins or require varicose vein treatment, and increasingly the age of onset is shifting from the 40s and 50s to the 30s and even younger. So what exactly is going on here?
Why are Young People getting Varicose Veins?
Emerging causes for this shift are due to a number of factors and young people at risk of varicose veins are in this category for a number of reasons, including increased sedentary lifestyle and exposure to the sun. Younger people are also more prone to ignore warning signs, not believing themselves at risk.
Varicose veins in younger patients are typically not as serious but they require timely treatment to avoid developing into something more serious or vein disease that requires more intense treatment.
Does Pregnancy Increase your Risk?
Pregnancy remains a contributing factor and pregnant women regardless of age should take extra care to heed initial signs of swelling and pain: early intervention can remove the need for varicose vein treatment. Genetic predisposition and having a job that requires standing relatively still for long periods are also situations that require monitoring.
Prevention can help ease discomfort and avoid the need for varicose vein treatment or treatment for spider veins. We’ve shared preventative measures previously, including regular exercise, compression socks and just moving around to avoid standing still for an extended period. All of these are good ideas for people old and young who want to preserve their leg health.
Spider veins and varicose veins are very treatable, there is no reason to suffer through years of pain and discomfort. Vein Care is a Melbourne varicose vein treatment leader – come in for an examination, we can diagnose any problems (or potential problems) and devise solutions that will leave you looking younger and feeling healthier.
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