Varicose veins: more than a cosmetic problem

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – They may seem only cosmetic, but doctors say it’s important to have varicose veins looked at.

Doctors say more than one in two people suffer from varicose veins. The condition can cause pain, swelling, irritation and even flesh wounds.

IU Health Arnett Vein Clinic Director Paul Timperman said people shouldn’t be afraid to see a doctor or have a procedure done to manage the veins.

“The longest procedures last about two and half hours. The shorter ones last a half an hour, You walk in. You walk out. You drive yourself here and drive yourself home. The only time missing from work would be the day of the procedure,” said Timperman.

People who are overweight, pregnant or have parents with varicose veins are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

If left unchecked, Timperman said varicose veins can cause increased blood clots, which could lead to amputation.

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