Varicose Veins: 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Nobody wants bulging, purple varicose veins on their legs or ankles. However, about half of adults have them, and they become more prevalent with age. What causes varicose veins and what can you do about them? Many people think they know, but James Bekeny, MD, a vascular surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, sets the record straight. … Read More

How Treating Varicose Veins Can Make Your Legs Look Young Again

They may be ugly, but varicose veins and spider veins usually are only a cosmetic issue. However, sometimes, these bulging veins on the skin surface can signal a deeper problem. “Varicose veins and spider veins are a plumbing issue,” says dermatologist Jennifer Lucas, MD. “They’re almost like leaky valves that are not capable of pushing … Read More

Varicose Veins: Not Just an Older Woman’s Problem

You might think of varicose veins as an older woman’s problem, but it may actually have more to do with your lifestyle than your gender. Varicose veins are common in adults. More women than men seek treatment for varicose veins, but men are also at risk for weakened and distended veins. Increasing age and physical … Read More

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Spider Veins: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t (Video)

Many people with spider veins hesitate to wear shorts or skirts because of the cosmetic appearance of the condition. However, a 30- to 45-minute procedure called sclerotherapy is performed right in the vascular surgeon’s office and can vastly improve the appearance of spider veins, which are similar to varicose veins but smaller and not as … Read More

Hemorrhoids: Treatments and Tips

Most people think that any problems in the anal area are hemorrhoids. Whether they experience anal pain, discomfort or even bleeding, they self-diagnose a case of hemorrhoids and put off proper treatment. The problem may well be hemorrhoid-related. But if you have persistent anal pain or see blood on the tissue or in the toilet, … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Hemorrhoids? Ask the Doctor

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about hemorrhoids? Ursula Szmulowicz, MD, FASCRS, Digestive Disease Institute, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at noon (ET). Hemorrhoids Live Web Chat: noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 23, 2012 Register Featured ExpertUrsula Szmulowicz, MD, FASCRS … Read More