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Yes, men can get varicose veins too and it’s totally normal! While mostly associated with women, this vein condition is actually very common in men, particularly as they get older. Venous insufficiency is a men’s health issue that can and should be treated. 

If you’re a man with varicose veins, or know someone with vein issues, read below for some expert tips and advice to help you understand this medical condition. 

1. You’re Not Alone

It’s estimated that 40% of all men will experience varicose veins at some point in their life. In fact, roughly 30 million American men and women have this vein condition due to aging, genes, hormones, or lifestyle.

Take ease in knowing there are many other people out there in the same boat. But don’t take that to mean your veins aren’t a big concern, just that you’re in good company.

2. Know the Signs

Varicose veins are a sign that the blood flow from your legs to your heart is restricted. This can make your legs feel itchy, painful, and, if left untreated, lead to other health compilations.

In addition to swollen, discolored, and enlarged veins, symptoms of venous insufficiency include:

  • aching
  • cramping and burning
  • itching and tingling
  • pain that gets worse when standing
  • night cramps
  • swollen ankles

If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to a specialist to learn more and to ease your discomfort. No one should have to suffer.

3. Examine Yourself

Men can get varicose veins anywhere on the body, even the scrotum. So check to see if you have any swollen veins on your testicles. Known as varicoceles, this condition can lead to lowered testosterone levels and eventually infertility. Luckily, varicoceles can be treated by surgically removing the veins. After a few treatments, testosterone levels should return to normal along with your romantic pursuits.

4. It’s Not a Cosmetic Issue

A lot of men don’t treat their varicose veins simply because they aren’t concerned with the appearance. But leaving your varicose veins untreated is actually pretty dangerous and can lead to pain, swelling, and even ulceration.

Just Picture It: Healthy veins pump blood up to your heart. If those veins don’t work properly, blood will sink and pool, resulting in twisted, swollen blood vessels. Doesn’t sound superficial, does it?

You may not care the way they look, but there are underlying health issues that need to be addressed. So it’s important to book a consultation with a vein specialist to determine the status of your vein health.

5. Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

While you can’t change your genes, hormones, or age, you can change your habits. Once you consult with a doctor about your vein health, he/she may suggest some lifestyle adjustments.

These simple changes can make a huge difference in your vein health:

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Move your body (walk, bike, or dance)
  • Eat more fiber, eat less salt
  • Drink plenty of water

6. Choose Health over Pride

Taking charge of your health is admirable and nothing to be embarrassed about. Varicose veins are serious and shouldn’t be put on the back burner. Even if your veins are just visible but not painful, head to a vein clinic for a diagnosis.

The earlier you catch and treat your vein problems, the easier and more comfortable life will be. Since varicose veins are so common, doctors know exactly how to treat it. No trial period, no unknowns, just a few quick treatments and you’re back at it!

Varicose veins won’t just go away on their own, they’ll get worse. Don’t wait. Take action now! They can be fixed with a quick, simple, and non-invasive procedure. And depending on the severity of your varicose veins, treatment will have you in, out, and back on your feet all in the same day! 

 

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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pregnant woman pointing to a varicose vein on her thighDuring pregnancy, your uterus grows and puts pressure on the inferior vena cava–a large vein on the right side of your body. This increases pressure in your leg veins.

A woman’s blood volume doubles to supply blood to both her and her baby. This puts extra pressure on the blood vessels, especially those in the legs, to push the extra blood back up to the heart. 

If you’re concerned about developing varicose veins, this article is for you.

What Causes Varicose Veins During Pregnancy? 

Pregnancy is one of the major risk factors for varicose veins along with the following: 

Heredity

One of the biggest factors of varicose veins is heredity. If you have a family history of varicose veins in your family, chances are that you will, too.

Hormones

During pregnancy your hormones rise, causing the vein walls to become more relaxed.

Twins or multiples 

Pregnancy with multiples puts extra strain on veins and arteries. You may see an increased amount during pregnancy with multiples.

Being Overweight

Extra weight increases the demands on your already overworked circulatory system. Keep your weight within the recommended range for your stage of pregnancy. Eat foods high in water.

Prolonged standing

Standing for long periods of time also increases a pregnant woman’s chances of developing varicose veins. Try to take breaks and sit to avoid long periods of time on your feet.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins During Pregnancy? 

While you can’t prevent all risk factors, especially a family history of varicose veins and hormonal changes, you can still take steps to help prevent or lessen the effects of varicose veins during pregnancy.

Exercise 

Even a brisk walk around the block can improve your circulation.

Elevate your feet and legs 

Rest your legs on a stool when you’re sitting and elevate your feet and legs with pillows when you’re lying down.

Do Varicose Veins Go Away After Pregnancy?

Varicose veins during pregnancy usually resolve on their own. But the more severe your varicose veins are, the more likely they’ll stay. The good news is that varicose veins in your vagina or vulva almost always resolve after delivery.

Varicose veins may itch or hurt, and they can be unsightly. Treatment, if needed, can usually be postponed until after you have your baby. If you’re having pain or discomfort or are just generally worried about your varicose veins, don’t hesitate to get help and call your doctor.

 

 

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At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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aisle shot of an airplane from behindFor many of us, it’s exciting to go on new adventures. But for those who suffer from varicose veins, traveling leads to pain and discomfort. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can wreak havoc on your veins. Long plane rides or exploring a new city on foot can be very uncomfortable.

Here are some tips to help ease varicose vein discomfort from road trips to airplane travel.

1. Get up and Walk

When you’re traveling long distances, try to get up and walk around every 60 minutes or so. If you’re driving, that means pulling over to a rest area or restaurant. If you’re flying, a quick walk to the bathroom and back will do the trick.

2. Hydrate

One of the best ways to reduce varicose vein discomfort when traveling is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water improves your vein health. It helps blood circulation and strengthens the muscles that support your veins. Avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol and caffeine.

3. Dress Comfortably

Avoid restrictive garments when traveling because they might restrict your blood flow. Loose-fitting pants or dresses will help your legs relax and promote blood circulation.

4. Move Your Feet

If you’re stuck in a seat for long periods of time, shaking your feet and wiggling your toes is helpful. Pull your toes back towards your body, hold for 10 seconds, then point your feet down for 10 seconds. Do this with each foot several times to keep your leg muscles engaged and blood flowing.

5. Wear Compression Stockings

When sitting for a long period of time during travel, swelling is likely to occur. To keep swelling down, try compression stockings or socks. Compression socks help keep oxygen flowing and prevent your legs from cramping.

Pain-free Travel for Good

Varicose veins can be painful and even a serious medical condition. But they should not stop you from taking a well-deserved vacation. Talk to a vein specialist about treatment today for pain-free travel in the future.

 

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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Delaware state character riding a bike toward healthier veinsOur veins are pretty amazing when you think about it. They move ALL our blood (over 1 gallon!) up towards the heart and lungs. But if they don’t work properly, the blood flows backward and pools, leading to large, swollen, or itchy veins.

If you experience vein discomfort like this, you’re not alone. Over 48 million men and women suffer from vein diseases like spider and varicose veins. But Good News! Not only are there treatments for it, but there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your vein health.

The following lifestyle changes may help reduce the appearance of veins and improve their overall health. Seek treatment from a certified vein specialist to address your vein health concerns before the condition worsens.

1. Increase Your Physical Activity

Walking just 30 minutes a day is a great way to get moving and help the blood circulate in your legs and feet. When you walk, the muscles in your legs help push the blood through your veins, which will decrease the pressure in your varicose veins.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

When you stay hydrated, your blood tends to be thinner which makes it easier for your body to circulate. Thinner blood also makes clotting less likely to occur. Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

3. Shed A Few Pounds

Extra weight puts a strain on your heart and organs and can make varicose veins worse. Losing weight can alleviate vein-related pain and swelling as well as slow the formation of new varicose veins.

4. Easy on the Salt

Salt retains water. When you eat salty food, the extra fluid in your bloodstream makes your veins work harder. The result is higher blood pressure and strain on the delicate walls of your veins. Try looking for low-sodium food alternatives, or use substitutes like lemon juice when you want more flavor

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5. Quit Smoking

Smoking damages your lungs wreaks havoc on arteries and put you at risk for many other cardiovascular issues. The chemicals in tobacco remove oxygen and thicken the blood. The Nicotine also makes your veins harden and narrow. This causes the blood to flow at a much slower pace and ultimately, damages the function of your blood vessels.

6. Raise Your Legs and Feet

Elevating your legs will keep the blood from pooling in your lower leg. This will reduce swelling and improve overall blood flow. Aim to lift your legs at the same level as your heart or higher. If it’s comfortable in your body, lay on your back and place your legs up a wall. Place a fluffy pillow under your legs or back for added comfort and support.

7. Avoid Prolonged Sitting or Standing

If your job or lifestyle involves sitting or standing for long periods of time, it’s important that you stretch. Practice bending and flexing your legs periodically to keep the blood circulating and prevent pooling. Just raising your legs up and down can help with any backed-up blood flow. When sitting, try not to cross your legs as this can further restrict blood flow to the legs and feet.

8. Ditch the High Heels

When you wear high heels, it minimizes the range of motion in your foot and ankle. As a result, your calf muscle can’t properly pump the blood back up through your veins. This can cause the blood in the leg veins to pool and manifest varicose veins. It is recommended to find a flat shoe that offers support.

 

 

When your veins are healthy and happy, they won’t be visible on the surface of your skin or cause any discomfort and pain. While lifestyle changes may contribute to improved vein health, it is not a permanent solution.

If you have experienced prolonged vein problems, consult with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you. Vein procedures today are non-invasive and covered by most insurance companies. Make sure to find a doctor that specializes in veins to ensure you get the best results possible.

 

At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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These 5 Simple Steps will help you find the Best Vein Specialist to treat your varicose veins or spider veins.

Finding a skilled vein doctor can make all the difference in the quality of care and treatment you receive. Venous insufficiency is a progressive disease. When left untreated it can worsen, and in some cases, lead to blood clots and ulcers. Treating your veins with a vein specialist early on is the best way to ensure the disease does not worsen.

1. Do Your Research

To get the results you want (no more veins!), a competent vein doctor must have:

  • Board certification in specialties like internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology.
  • Professional affiliations with other medical organizations.
  • At least 10 years of experience.

While not necessary, these additional credentials can assure you will receive the best possible care:

  • Holds accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).
  • Number of procedures the doctor has performed
  • Additional training the doctor has, like cardiac care
  • Any medical publications or presentations

2. Get Recommendations

People generally feel most comfortable visiting a physician who is recommended by someone they know. Ask a family member, friend, or co-worker. You can also ask trusted healthcare professionals. Reach out to your primary care physician, dermatologist, or OBGYN for a referral.

For extra credit, you can read reviews on a vein specialist’s website or social channels to see what other patients experienced.

3. Get All of Your Questions Answered

It’s important to understand what’s happening in your body and what options you have to address the issues. Make sure you have enough time with an expert to get the answers to your questions. A free consultation is a great way to ask all your questions, understand what to expect, and learn how to plan accordingly. Here are some good questions to ask.

  • If unsure of diagnosis: What else could this be?
  • What are the treatment options for your condition?
  • What are the risks and benefits of each treatment option?
  • How long is the procedure?
  • Is sedation used?
  • Is it outpatient?
  • Is there downtime after the procedure?
  • What is the healing process like?
  • Will there be scarring?

Answers will vary based on your specific condition, health status, and overall needs. As long as the medical staff explains everything clearly, you’ll be ready to walk on the path to recovery.

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4. Think About Logistics

To commit yourself to the entire vein healing process, it’s important to make sure your vein specialist fits within your needs and lifestyle. Consider the following when looking for a vein doctor:

    • Multiple Locations or Primary Office. It should be close and convenient for you to visit in case you have more than one treatment.
    • Virtual Appointments. An at-home consultation to discuss your symptoms and make recommendations is convenient (especially due to the current COVID-19 pandemic).
    • Office Hours. Look at what days and times the doctor sees patients.
    • Languages. More offices are offering bilingual options, so check to see that it’s offered if you need to effectively communicate.
    • Online Portal. Many doctors now use email or an online portal to communicate with patients, which may be another item of importance for you when selecting a physician.
    • Medical Staff. Courteousness of scheduling, the professionalism of nurses, PA’s, techs, etc.
    • Insurance. Check with the doctor’s insurance representative to see if you can get coverage. Most major insurance companies will cover vein treatment. 

5. Follow Your Instinct

After you’ve done your research and asked your questions, go with what your gut tells you. At the end of the day, you need to be comfortable with the office you choose and confident that the doctor is qualified and cares for you and your overall health.

Today, patients have many options to find the best vein doctor. The internet and social media play a big part when choosing the right fit for your needs. When you do find a vein specialist that checks all the boxes, make sure you review or offer a recommendation so others can benefit. Help other patients locate good doctors by raving about the ones who deserve it.

 

 

At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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When it’s hot outside and you dread the look of your veiny legs, it can be frustrating to decide what to wear.

If you have varicose veins, it can be hard to wear clothes like shorts when it’s warm outside. But there are some stylish clothing tips that will make you feel good about yourself and look good too.

Maxi Dress

These dresses come in a variety of styles and patterns and are suitable for day or night. The hemlines are low and flowy which helps keep you cool during the summer. Pair it with flip flops for a casual day look or dress it up with some heeled sandals for a night out on the town!

Leggings

If shorts are not an option, try some light-colored leggings. They can be good to wear on days when you staying inside. But if you go out, stay away from black leggings because they will absorb heat and make your veins feel worse.

Wide-legged Pants

If you prefer wearing pants over dresses and skirts, try some wide-legged pants. These pants are made out of light fabric, like linen. So they’re great in the summer because they are not as hot and heavy as jeans.

Long Skirts

Skirts are a popular choice when it comes to covering up your legs. You can find a variety of flowy skirts that are lightweight and comfortable to wear when it’s hot out. Plus you can mix and match, making them a perfect staple in your closet.

Colors & Fabrics

When it comes to your summer wardrobe choices, color, and type of fabric is important. Heavy fabrics and dark colors will make you hot and uncomfortable after a few minutes outside. Choose light colors like white, soft pinks, and blues. Aim light, breathable fabrics like cotton, silk, and jersey.

Wear Your Favorite Shorts Again

Warmer temperatures cause your veins to widen and more blood flows to the surface of the skin. This is not ideal for those that suffer from varicose veins. So wearing light clothes with lots of airflows offered comfort from the heat without showing your legs completely.

If you want to take your shorts out of the back of your closet and be confident about your legs again, talk to a vein specialist. They can give you treatment that will make them look and feel better.

More Varicose Vein Tips 

Tips and Advice for Men with Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Home Remedies: The Pros and Cons

Complications of Untreated Varicose Veins

 

At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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