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Will Crossing My Legs Cause Varicose Veins?

The precise cause of varicose veins is unknown, but the main problem is probably a weakness in the walls of superficial veins.

So now we know that going to bed with wet hair doesn’t put us at risk of catching a cold, it’s time to debunk another old wives’ tale.

Does sitting cross-legged mean we’re going to get varicose veins?

“The short answer is no, it does not,” Doctor Mark Malouf, president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology told HuffPost Australia.

“However, sitting for long periods of time, with legs crossed or not, if you already have varicose veins can worsen the situation because the blood sitting around in those varicose veins can pool and slow down, and may develop a clot (called ‘thrombosis’).

Follow-up treatment to smaller branch varicose veins is often needed in the weeks or months after the initial procedure.


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