Varicose veins don’t care about your age
If you are young, not pregnant, and have varicose veins, you can likely blame someone in your family.
Onset of varicose veins before the mid-20s or 30s is nearly always because of genetics; your parent or grandparents, or a combination of relatives, had varicose veins and passed on the tendency to you.
Most people first see signs of varicose veins at an older age, but they have been known to affect teenagers and even children.
If you get varicose veins at an early age it doesn’t mean you treat them differently, it only means you have to deal with them sooner than most people.
For many younger women, varicose veins start with pregnancy and the extra weight and blood volume that comes with carrying a baby. Luckily, if you are fit, exercise regularly and eat right, varicose veins caused by pregnancy will sometimes get better on their own.
If your varicose veins are caused by faulty valves inside the veins, your problems won’t go away. The valves keep blood from flowing backward toward your feet and when the valves break down, blood pools in your veins, causing them to enlarge, become discolored and sometimes ache.
Spider veins can also develop at an early age; inheritance is to blame there, too.
You might be able to live with the first signs of the disease, when the veins are not yet bulging and are not physically uncomfortable. If you haven’t been doing so already, watch your weight, exercise and make sure you don’t stand or sit too long at one time. Compression hose will help keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs.
Varicose veins do get worse with age, though, so you should always point them out to your doctor and see a specialist when they worsen so you can decide whether and how to treat them.
No matter your age, if you have questions about varicose veins, schedule a free appointment at the Vein Institute of Connecticut to answer all your concerns.