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How can I treat varicose veins in the summer?

This question was asked in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota and has 6 answer(s) as of 08/12/2013.
Is cold compress good for tired legs affected by varicose/ spider veins during the hot season? When standing, feet becomes wet, otherwise dry when at rest. Is this caused by the heaviness of the legs? What should I do? Thanks for your concern!


Doctors Answers (6)

The best treatment is to be evaluated with an ultrasound and have your veins treated with ultrasound guided closure. For temporary relief you can use ice, compression hose and anti-inflammatory medication.

Varicose veins can be treated any time of the year. Prolonged standing will make the varicose veins enlarge and they will also feel tired and sore. Foot wetness is likely the result of perspiration due to the summer heat. Compression hose can help the leg varicose veins, although they are not quite as comfortable in hot weather, they are very porous and do not retain moisture.

It sounds like you should have these veins diagnosed and treated. Surprisingly a lot of my patients claim their legs feel better and cooler when they wear compression support socks. These promote better circulation and decrease swelling. You should be evaluated by a surgeon who specializes in treating these types of veins and include an ultrasound test.

Insurance covers the evaluation and treatment of symptomatic varicose veins. You do need to be evaluated and begin an appropriate program to get these under control. There are a lot of things that can be done.

I am not aware of a cold compress being of value for treating varicose vein symptoms. It is not clear what you mean by feet becoming wet. Some patients perspire a great deal on the feet and this is a nerve reflex which has nothing to do with venous problems. See your physician for an exam to help you sort this out.

I am concerned about your description that when standing your "feet become wet, otherwise dry when at rest." This could be leaking or seeping from the skin and is a sign of more advanced vein disease or lymphedema. If the skin is intact there is no problem with using cold compresses on your legs.

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