Don’t Let Spider Veins Hold You Back This Summer

Q. I have veins on my legs. Does this mean I’m getting old? Ruby, Warsaw

A. Ruby, the good news is having spider veins on your legs does not have any indication as to your age. Leg veins in women are instead associated with your genetics and your hormones. Men typically do not get spider veins. Spider veins are actually a very common problem. Some 80 million Americans suffer from venous problems, according to Dr. Goldman, an industry leader in venous disorders.

Are you avoiding going golfing this summer because you don’t want to wear shorts? Are you avoiding time on the lake to hide your veins? Within our community, we have a lot of outdoor activities from the lakes, to the outdoor walking paths to golf courses and parks. I certainly hope you are not avoiding these popular warm weather activities just because of spider veins that can be easily treated.

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It is common for me to hear in my practice almost on a weekly basis from women that their family has a boat, but they haven’t been on it in years because of the embarrassment of unsightly legs. Almost all women suffer from some degree of spider veins on their legs. If you know someone who has beautiful spider-vein free legs, Ruby, more than likely they are extremely lucky or have had their veins treated. Some of my patients will try using a tanning bed or sunbathing to camouflage the spider veins; however, this actually makes them worse. The heat causes the veins to dilate adding to the problem.

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Fortunately, treating spider veins is a very simple office procedure. A medical professional will inject your spider veins with a medication that will cause the veins to disappear. The treatment is extremely effective and safe. These treatments have been performed in the United States for 20 years. Rarely do we see any complications or side effects. It is common to have some bruising and discoloration after the treatment. Don’t wait any longer, Ruby. Stop hiding your legs and get them treated.

I hope that you get outside this summer on the golf course or the lake in your shorts. Don’t let those spider veins hold you back any longer, Ruby. Get on with your life and show some leg! If you have any questions, be sure to consult with a medical professional.

Jennifer-Lab Coat-6cropJennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.


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