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Spring Break Sun Exposure Could be Bad for Veins

Spring is the time when swimwear and shorts come out of the closet. It is also the time when you get to enjoy going to the beach or the pool. In other words, it is the time when people dress in outfits that expose tanned, or sunburnt, legs and shoulders for the outside world to see. For some, the sight of swollen varicose veins may stop them from exposing their legs. Though many people may feel that this is a mere cosmetic issue, the existence of varicose veins may be linked to numerous other health issues.

Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can result in serious complications for skin and overall health. Varicose veins as well as spider veins are no exception.  When the skin is left uncovered it becomes weak and thin, making it susceptible to dark lines and lumps caused by swollen veins. To minimize the appearance of spider veins, our faces and other body parts should never be left uncovered for a long period of time. Prolonged exposure to the heat and sunlight can actually worsen symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins.

It was gathered from Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon Peter Gloviczki, M.D. that 1 in every 4 to 5 Americans suffer from varicose veins. Moreover, 6 percent of Americans live with extremely serious venous conditions, including ulceration and changes in skin color and texture. In order to determine how serious a vein problem is, a radiologist can perform a medical imaging test called ultrasound. For many vein problems, there are minimally invasive treatments that can be applied on an outpatient basis.  

Spider veins develop when there is increased pressure in a small vein at the skin’s surface.  When the skin is not flexible enough to allow the vein to dilate properly, blood flow will look for another way to go. As this happens, the development of more spider veins will occur. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are usually found on the feet, ankles and legs. In terms of appearance, varicose veins are similar to spider veins, only they are much larger and occur much deeper beneath the skin. Lower body pressure caused by weight oftentimes causes varicose veins to develop. These expanded veins can cause a lot of discomfort—itching, burning or pain. People develop these enlarged veins as a result of multiple factors. One of the most common factors is age. When a person gets older, vein elasticity is lost or, at least, decreased. Another common factor is pregnancy, during which women have to sit for extended periods of time, which discourages healthy blood circulation. Obesity and genetics also play a role is whether you’ll develop varicose veins.

Varicose veins can result in grave health issues like bleeding, swollen legs, phlebitis or blood clots, ulcers and skin changes.  Natural remedies before any medical methods are applied include exercising to lose weight and constant leg elevation to boost cardiovascular movement. Another at-home option is wearing compression stockings, which improve blood circulation. You can get compression stockings prescribed to you at a vein doctor’s office, after a physical examination of the legs.

Cosmetic procedures used to remove varicose veins and spider veins are very common in the US. However, you should seek out treatment with reputable clinics to unsure that the procedure performed on you is safe. Ask a doctor medical questions about your varicose vein treatment options, including but not limited to vein removal with laser treatment, radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy. And remember not to stay out in the sun all day to if you want healthy looking veins.

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