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How to deal with Varicose Veins during the summer

by Melanie Marin

While the majority look forward to summer, those with varicose veins usually feel anything but excited when the summer months roll around. Many individuals are faced with choosing between exposing their veins or hiding them under clothing. Each option has a downside, the first being that not everyone is comfortable having their veins visible and may feel embarrassed. On the other hand, covering up veins will leave individuals feeling warmer, which can cause discomfort. But with either route taken, your veins may be causing you pain regardless because of the summer heat.

Why varicose veins are more problematic over the summer

Blood vessels expand due to the high temperatures, adding even more stress on valves in the veins. This causes more pooling of blood, leading to the formation of varicose and spider veins. In addition, too much sun exposure can make the upper layers of the skin weaker, reduce moisture, and overall make your skin less elastic. Consequently, you may experience discomfort when moving since the skin and veins under the surface do not have the ability to move as they should. Under those circumstances, the veins cannot maintain a normal blood flow, and so the blood begins to pool.

How to cope with varicose veins

First and foremost, you should be drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key so that you can avoid further pain that may be caused by swelling of the leg tissue. As an added benefit, you’ll be rewarded with smooth, clear skin.

For those who are stressed about what to wear so as to avoid exposing their varicose veins, be sure to wear something loose fitting. Wearing tight clothing will worsen your circulation even more. Instead, opt for loose clothing such as a maxi skirt or dress. If you feel comfortable, consider sporting a pair of shorts to allow your skin to breathe.

In the event that you do wear clothing that leaves your legs exposed to the sun’s rays, always make sure you apply sunscreen. Sunburn will naturally cause the temperature of your skin to rise, which we already know is bad news since the heat dilates blood vessels. Sunscreen can also help prevent you from developing spider veins, which can easily appear if your skin is thin.

In addition, choose flat footwear, like flat sandals or sneakers, instead of heeled shoes because they will help work your calves more. This is critical for those with varicose veins since it will encourage strong blood flow.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about varicose veins and how to treat them, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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