The Weather is on the Upswing. Learn What This Means for Varicose Veins!
- Posted on: Apr 30 2019
People with varicose veins may struggle with uncomfortable symptoms throughout the various seasons of the year. Without any other changes other than the weather, these people may notice that their legs feel more or less uncomfortable. In particular, the warmer months can increase the symptoms of varicose veins. Here, we discuss the connection between temperature and varicose vein discomfort.
How Heat Affects Varicose Veins
Veins dilate when the body becomes warm. This means they widen and allow more blood to flow to the surface to cool the body. Most of the time, the process occurs without any interference with comfort. Being warm does not cause varicose veins but, if you have them already, can cause them to become more distended. Depending on the severity of weakness in the walls of a varicose vein, the additional swelling could also increase discomfort and cause spontaneous bleeding of the vein.
In most cases, warmth from the weather, a hot shower, hot tub, or sauna will cause mild to moderate increase in vein distention and slightly more noticeable heaviness and aching. Symptoms may be reduced by applying cool compresses, taking a cool shower, or sitting in a cool room with the legs elevated.
Managing Vein Health as the Weather Heats Up
Knowing that varicose veins can worsen temporarily in hot weather, some people find that they start to limit their activities accordingly. Understandably, curtailing outdoor time to manage varicose veins sound appealing. However, this strategy forces you to alter your lifestyle each and every year. It could cause you to miss out on time with friends and family and lead to unnecessary frustration. Instead of limiting your summertime fun, consider taking affirmative action against your varicose veins.
The Vein Clinic in Columbia, SC offers multiple treatment options for individuals suffering the symptoms of varicose veins. Treatments have become more effective and less invasive as new technologies have been developed, so many patients are surprised to discover just how easily they can say goodbye to varicose veins for good.
Explore your options for varicose veins with us. Call (803) 253-8667 to schedule a vein assessment.
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