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Varicose Vein Tips for Summer

Summer is always a great time to unwind including a respite from the thick and bulky clothes during the cold season. Walking shorts, skirts and swimwear would be taken out of the closet drawers to be part of everyday wear. According to Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, a vein specialist from Maine, people who have issues with varicose veins get more problematic during the summer months.

Below are some tips to relieve varicose veins and similar situations:

  • Try to remain cool as much as possible because heat expands the veins and causes pain as well as worsens the symptoms.
  • Improve circulation by doing exercise especially swimming and walking. These exercises the calf muscles as well.
  • Drink an ample amount of water or other fluids to be hydrated.
  • Be sure to life the legs as much as you can.
  • Have on graduated compression stockings all day long when possible.
  • Have a phlebologist evaluate your varicose veins situation.

Veins within the body move blood from the arms and legs upwards towards the heart. The blood flowing from the legs go against gravity so much that when the leg vein valves get damaged or malfunction, the blood flows back and gets accumulated or goes into a pooling effect.  This is the reason why there are swollen and discoloured veins that can be seen on the legs.

During hot days the heat expands the veins.  The warmer the day becomes the more expanded the veins and the veins that are “leaking” seeps out more blood. This results in more tenderness and pain.  Aside from the discomfort of varicose veins, people tend to hide them by wearing pants or long skirts. This adds more to the warming up of the veins. Quality of life is hampered because instead of wearing comfortable shorts or skirts, one has to contend with clothes that cover the varicose veins.

There are no better treatments to be made to varicose veins during the summer months. All treatments and remedies work best all year through. There are less invasive treatments like sclerotherapy for spider and smaller veins and ultrasound-guided therapies for bigger veins and endovenous laser ablations (EVLA) for veins that are so swollen and enlarged.

Some of the treatments mentioned like sclerotherapy allow patients to go out into the sun immediately after treatment. However, sun block lotions are recommended for at least 6 months. A patient can also go swimming after 24 hours of the treatment. For bruises and blemishes because of the procedure, cosmetic cover-ups or tanners can be used.

Compression stockings are normally prescribed after a varicose vein removal procedure. The amount of time depends on the patient condition and what procedure was made. Some people are asked to wear compression stockings for 3 days, some for 2 weeks at most.

The summer months are a great time to address varicose veins and other vein problems. Consulting a doctor or a board certified phlebologist is a good option to know why varicose veins occur and that treatment should be made.  Plan a procedure before the summer months so by the time the season is in full swing, those legs do not have a single varicose vein on them.

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