Do you Know the Truth About Varicose Vein Symptoms?
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
When varicose veins first develop, the primary concern may be how to hide them. Then, as veins gradually weaken under the internal pressure of pooling blood, symptoms may become more and more troublesome. Because we’re often told that sitting or standing for too long can exacerbate the aching and burning of varicose veins, we may try to focus on moving more frequently. Because we’re told that weight may adversely affect vein health, we may establish healthier habits. Is it possible that there’s more, and that certain factors are easy to miss, or misunderstand? Let’s see . . .
Can you Stand the Heat?
The thick of summer is well behind us now, so it may be difficult to gauge how well you can stand the heat. According to research, warm temperatures can make the symptoms of varicose veins feel more intense. The itching, aching, fatigue, and sensation of swelling all ramp up as the temperature rises. The intensity of these and other symptoms may not only be related to the high temperatures of summer; they may also correlate with the use of a hot tub or sauna, or even a hot shower to take the chill off a cool Autumn day.
What You Can Do
One of the reasons that heat exacerbates varicose veins is because sweating depletes salt-levels in the body. To mitigate the effects of heat, it is necessary to drink plenty of water. The more we are hydrated, the more water and salt there is to go around. When there are sufficient water and salt in the tissues and cells of the body, there is no need for fluid retention. Without fluid retention, the pressure on veins may remain lower and more comfortable.
What to Know About Altitude and Varicose Veins
One of the misunderstandings that may occur is that varicose veins will swell and ache if you fly. This could cause unnecessary stress anytime you consider traveling on vacation or seeing family. Here’s what many experts believe: the reason that varicose veins may feel more symptomatic during long flights is that there is prolonged sitting. Just as one would move around frequently at home or work, moving should be a normal part of any flight.
Schedule a Consultation
Understanding is an important aspect of managing vein health. To discuss treatments for varicose veins, contact our Columbia office at (803) 253-8667.