Varicose veins: Crossing your legs won't cause them – expert busts five common myths


2. Varicose veins only occur in women – yes, varicose veins are more common among women, yet men do suffer from them too.

This misconception comes about because men can be more likely to delay getting their concerns checked out by their doctor, unless it causes them significant pain.

Men can sometimes hide their prominent veins more easily, which could lead to not sourcing treatment sooner, unlike women, who often prefer to wear the clothes they enjoy without feeling self-conscious.

3. Only older people get varicose veins – ageing can make varicose veins worse due to natural wear and tear. However, they can affect anyone, of any age.


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