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.
What about post-procedural care after vein treatments?
Spider vein patients resume all normal activities immediately with no downtime. The majority of patients treated for varicose veins walk out of the office and return to normal daily activities, including work, within two days. While the amount of post treatment pain varies from one patient to another, most require only Tylenol or ibuprofen for any discomfort. Complete recovery, including resolution of bruising, takes from 4-6 weeks. Detailed written and verbal instructions will be provided to each patient both before and after treatment.
What about side effects from vein treatments?
Most treatments have minimal side effects and recovery time. Patients often experience slight redness or bruising following treatment, but this goes away within a few days.
Will the vein treatments hurt?
Most patients experience little or no pain, and any discomfort lasts only a fraction of a second. Topical anesthesia or ice packs can be applied for pain sensitive patients. While the amount of post treatment pain varies from one patient to another, most require only Tylenol or ibuprofen for any discomfort.