Question: Can men have varicose veins? Answer: yes!
OK, men, it’s time to talk about varicose veins. Your varicose veins. Yes, men get vein diseases. In fact, perhaps half of all men will have varicose veins.
Most men will try to ignore the symptoms as long as possible. They won’t go to a doctor for diagnosis and advice. They will wear long pants to picnics instead of dealing with the issue. We get it. That’s what men do.
But if you wait too long, treatable symptoms can become much worse problems, such as severe pain and open sores that you won’t be able to ignore.
Varicose veins don’t discriminate
Because men are able to more easily cover up their legs, the common belief is that it’s a “women’s disease.” But aside from pregnancy, men have exactly the same risk factors as women. People with jobs that require lots of sitting or standing in one place are more likely to have varicose veins, for example, as blood pools in the legs. If you work in a factory, a restaurant or a hospital, you and your colleagues should pay more attention to the signs of varicose veins. It’s the same if you hold a desk job, or drive for long periods. In addition, leg injuries from your younger years can make you more susceptible, and while people of any age can be affected, we are more likely to get varicose veins when we get older and our muscles and skin lose tone while our vein walls weaken.
It makes sense then, that exercise helps keep your legs healthy, so taking breaks from the desk, walking during lunch and otherwise staying active are good practices.
Finally, you can blame your parents. The tendency toward varicose veins is often inherited, so if your mom or dad or any of your grandparents had varicose veins, you are likely to share the trait.
The right approach to cure varicose veins in men
The reality is the same for all of us, however. Men and women generally have the same symptoms, even before you see bulging and discolored veins: pain, leg heaviness, tiredness, swelling and muscle cramps, and perhaps restless legs that keep you awake at night.
Ignoring the signs just means they will get worse. Call us at 203-426-5554 to make an appointment with one of our doctors and talk about your symptoms and how they can be treated.