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Vein Removal Tips for Travellers

It is the time of the year when people show off their legs while on vacation.  However, this time of year can also elicit great stress for those who are insecure about unsightly varicose and spider veins.  For one thing, the swollen and bulging veins are not only aesthetically unpleasing but can cause excruciating pain.  Walks on the beach and long airplane rides can only aggravate the situation.

Dr. Luis Navarro, who is the founder of Vein Treatment Center in New York, explains that varicose veins are visible on the surface of the skin. Women have more of a tendency to develop them and 20% to 70% of all people have them.

Long periods spent sitting down in one position may worsen the symptoms of varicose veins. Aches, swelling of the legs, and heaviness often occur. There are even cases when blood clotting forms.

Dr. Navarro says that staying active by moving around is an important way to alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins.  With movement, the calf muscles are compressed and contacted just like the pumping of the heart which helps blood circulation. Not moving for 6 to 8 hours results in the pooling of blood in the legs.  This causes water to exit the legs which causes varicose veins to be even more uncomfortable and unsightly, which could quickly ruin a pleasant vacation.

Those who have long travel time should drink plenty of water and avoid salty foods. When travelling, it is best to wear loose clothing. Travellers should elevate their legs, particularly if they are stuck in a seated position for a long period of time.  Sitting down for long periods is one factor that can worsen the varicose veins and this can be developed while on the road, a train or a plane. To help combat this, travellers should rotate their ankles and flex their legs by pointing the toes upwards.  They should also do heel raises and stand every now and then while traveling.

For those who already have varicose veins, Dr. Navarro advises wearing of compression stockings.  He also recommends an over-the-counter herbal remedy called horse chestnut seed extract.  One should start taking the extract a week prior the travel time and continue taking during the trip.  However, the extract cannot be taken by pregnant women or by others with pre-existing health problems.  Dr. Navarro suggests consulting a doctor before taking any remedies.

The final tip is for travellers to take plenty of water, wear compression stockings, exercise the ankles and the legs when possible, and try the horse chestnut seed extract.  The negative effects of varicose and spider veins can be alleviated by following these simple steps enabling travellers to concentrate on their vacation rather than their legs.

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