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Myths About Varicose Veins — Don’t Believe Them!

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Don't Believe These Myths About Varicose Veins

As many as one-third of adults have problems with varicose veins. That means a lot of people search for information about the condition. There are millions of pages on the internet devoted to the topic. Unfortunately, some of what you see online is just not true. There are myths about varicose veins that get widely circulated and are commonly believed. Here are some of the myths to watch out for —

Myth #1 — Crossing your legs causes varicose veins
It’s not true. Crossing your legs won’t cause varicose veins if you don’t already have them. However, there is a grain of truth in this myth. If you already have varicose veins, then crossing your legs could make your vein condition worse. So avoid crossing your legs if you do have varicose veins.

Myth #2 — If your parents have varicose veins, you’re sure to get them too
While it’s true that varicose veins do run in families, genetics is only part of the picture. In fact, only half of the people who have a family history of varicose veins will suffer from the condition themselves.

Myth #3 — Varicose veins and spider veins are the same
While both varicose veins and spider veins are unattractive, there is an important difference — varicose veins, unlike spider veins, could cause serious health problems. If you are not sure whether you have varicose or spider veins, you should talk to a varicose vein center professional to learn more about your condition and your treatment options.

Myth #4 — Massage can cure varicose veins
Unfortunately, it’s not true that massage can make your varicose veins disappear. However, massage is still useful for varicose vein sufferers because it can make your legs feel better and reduce swelling. Just make sure that any strong massage strokes go up your legs, not down — that is, that the strokes follow the direction of the blood returning to your heart.

Myth #5 — There is only one way to treat varicose veins
These days, you have several treatment options for getting rid of varicose veins. It’s important to find the treatment that is best for your individual needs. Call the professionals at Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center at 914-295-2202 for a free consultation, where you will learn more about personalized treatment plans to give you the beautiful legs that you want.

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