How likely are men to get varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, bulging, dark blue veins generally occurring in the legs, and you may get varicose veins in the feet. While they are more likely to occur in women, it’s estimated that 20-30% of men will develop the condition at some point in their lives.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Varicose veins, in and of themselves, aren’t considered a dangerous condition. However, you may experience unpleasant symptoms like itching, swelling, limb fatigue, and pain. Even if you find these symptoms manageable, ignoring the condition for too long can lead to complications down the line. You may get:
- Oedema: swelling may worsen and become chronic
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: a clot forms in one of the large deep veins. The clot may dislodge and travel into the heart or lungs, causing pulmonary embolism, which may prove lethal.
- Venous eczema: without sufficient nutrients provided by healthy circulation, your skin may grow hard, dry, and itchy. It will also be slow to heal and prone to infection.
- Venous ulcer: due to long-term skin damage, you may develop a chronic wound.