Who Gets Varicose Veins?


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Anyone can get varicose veins whether they are male or female of any age. They are more common in women during their child- bearing years and the elderly. Varicose veins affect approximately one in four women, and one in ten men.

Varicose Veins in Children and Teenagers

Although it is very rare, varicose veins can occur in children and teenagers. These can appear after an injury or trauma but sometimes appear for no known reason. If your child develops varicose veins, it is worth taking them to the doctors, as it can be a symptom of other conditions, such as Klippel Trenaunay syndrome. Varicose veins in children or teenagers are treated in the same way as they are in adults beginning with moderate measures such as compression socks with the possibility of surgery, laser therapy, sclerotherapy, or radiofrequency ablation. Varicose veins in children or teenagers are usually seen as a cosmetic issue rather than a medical one and as a result, they are rarely treated on the NHS.

Varicoceles in Men and Teenage Boys

Varicoceles are varicose veins, which appear on the scrotum and occur in around three in twenty fifteen to twenty- five year olds. This is due to the growth of the testes in puberty, which requires extra blood flow. Varicoceles can cause a dull aching or heaviness in the scrotum as well as heaviness, discomfort, and unevenly sized testes. If you have varicoceles, you should have them checked by a doctor. Varicoceles do not usually require treatment but in some cases, they may cause infertility and as a result will need to be removed.

Varicose Veins in Pregnant Women

Varicose veins can occur during pregnancy due to the changes to your body. The growth of your uterus and changing hormone levels put more pressure on your veins, which can cause the valves to stop working properly creating varicose veins. Varicose veins should be monitored carefully during pregnancy and childbirth but do not usually cause any problems. You may require antibiotics if they cause a blood clot, which becomes infected. Treatment of varicose veins is normally delayed until after childbirth, as they do not pose a risk to your baby’s health.

Varicose Veins in the Elderly

Varicose veins are common in the elderly due to the weakening of the veins and their walls over time. If you have a history of circulatory problems, you may require treatment so that your varicose veins do not cause any further complications. Varicose veins do not normally cause any serious problems in the elderly but you should seek medical advice if they are causing pain or discomfort. You should also be aware of varicose eczema and varicose ulcers and see a doctor if these conditions develop.


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