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Can Young People Get Varicose Veins?

When you’re young it’s easy to assume that a lot of health problems such as varicose vein only affect old folk. But unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

You see, even people in their 20s are at risk of developing a vein disorder. While on the whole young people are more resilient to health and disease issues, certain factors can cause spider veins and varicose veins to develop in people as young as their early 20s.

What are varicose veins exactly?

The role of veins is to circulate the blood around our bodies and back up to the heart. However, should the vein valves or the vein walls weaken or get damaged, it can lead to a condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency. As well as skin discoloration around the ankles and swelling in the legs, varicose veins are another symptom of CVI. When the blood is unable to travel back to the heart, it starts to gather in pools resulting in the unsightly bulging twisted veins that are known as varicose veins.

Will I get varicose veins when I’m young?

Once a person reaches adulthood, there is a risk of developing varicose veins. That said, the risk is lower for a person in their twenties than it is for a person in their forties.

While there are several causes of varicose veins, those that are more likely to apply to younger people include:

If you don’t have varicose veins but some of the above scenarios apply to you, then there are some preventative measures you can take to care for your veins now and in the future.

Tips to help prevent varicose veins

If it’s too late and you have already developed varicose veins, then the good news is that at the Midwest Institute For Non-Surgical Therapy (MINT) we provide a range of vein treatments that should be combined with the above tips. These include:

Vein Ablations – Also known as radiofrequency vein treatment, this uses targeted heat to seal damaged veins. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes and we can use twilight sedation to ensure the patient feels comfortable.

VenaSeal – This involves closing the saphenous veins that responsible for varicose veins by delivering a medical adhesive directly into the vein. No sedation is required, and the process takes no more than 30 minutes.

Sclerotherapy – This involves injecting a special solution to collapse the veins and divert the blood to healthier nearby veins. It’s particularly useful as a treatment for spider veins.

At MINT, Dr. Akinwade offers nonsurgical methods that enable patients to return to work the very next day while also restoring enjoyment in life. To find out how our vein treatments can help your condition, contact us today or book online at one of our 5 clinics, including the latest addition in Chicago, IL.

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