Many people think of varicose veins as something only older folks have to worry about, but the truth is that the valves in our veins that regulate blood flow can begin to malfunction very early in life, even if they do not produce typical varicose vein symptoms right away.
Nice Legs, Miss England
Just take it from 25-year-old Miss England, Charlotte Holmes. The Daily Mail UK reported that this young, fit model had branches of light blue veins on her shin for as long as she could remember, often asking makeup artists to cover them up before a shoot.
When she went in to have them treated, Holmes was surprised to learn that they were in fact varicose veins.
Professor Mark Whiteley of the Whiteley Clinic in Guildford, Surrey says, “it’s not uncommon for people in their 20s to have them. I see lots of under-30s with them. Many are shocked because they perceive them to be an old person’s problem.”
Whiteley cites one in nine 18-year-old girls as having lost function of their venous valves, which ensure that blood flows upward toward the heart. The pooling of backed up blood that can result will eventually lead to some form of vein disease.
Approximately half of affected individuals have cases of what are called “hidden varicose veins,” meaning that they show no visible signs or warnings that the vein may be compromised before experiencing pain, swelling, or other symptoms.
Most cases of varicose veins in youth and young adults are genetic. If your parents or grandparents suffered from vein disease, it’s more likely that you could be at risk for developing them at a young age.
Don’t Wait, Get Checked Now
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s best that you see a doctor right away.
Delaying treatment could lead to much more severe and in some cases fatal conditions.
You have pain, throbbing, swelling, or discomfort in your legs
Your vein(s) are red, swollen, bleeding, warm, or sore
The skin on your leg and/or ankle has thickened and changed color
You have a rash or skin sores near your ankle
No matter how old you are, never put off taking great care of your body. The small steps you take today could make (literally) years of difference later. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (512) 726-0599 or contact us online.