Winter: The Varicose Vein Season

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This time of year we are staying inside more, bundling up and enjoying as much warm sunshine as the weather allows. During winter, we become more and more detached from an active life due to cold weather, this lack of exercise can contribute to various health problems, including varicose veins.

 

As we know, varicose veins occur when the veins in our legs become dilated, thereby partially losing their ability to channel blood back to the heart. Doctors state that varicose veins most often occur in the winter, which is also the best time to have them treated.  Many times after treatment, compression stockings are recommended to be worn- when it’s cooler outside, longer pants and skirts can hide the stockings.

 

It is important that you do not go out and purchase compression stockings to treat yourself before consulting a doctor first, this can lead to complications and may not worse symptoms. If you are embarrassed about how your legs look, it is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the best course of action for your treatment. While it is possible to treat varicose veins with surgery, non-surgical treatments are also available to deal with the physical appearance of abnormal veins. It is important that competent doctors be handling the proper, modern medical equipment in the course of treatment.

 

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Some tips to avoid varicose veins

Try to avoid constant weight fluctuations.

Avoid wearing very tight clothing or high-heeled shoes.

Do not smoke.

Do not stand for extended periods of time.

Exercise regularly. Walk at a fast pace, swim, jog or do Pilates three to four times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Abstain from tough sports such as weightlifting.

Elevate your legs for 15 minutes every evening. This will relieve existing pain and slow down the progress of varicose veins by decreasing venous insufficiency.

However, for some, varicose veins are unavoidable… as they are a genetic problem.

Varicose veins are generally inherited, but an inconsistent lifestyle in terms of nutrition and exercise can also contribute to varicose vein conditions.

“Varicose veins are usually seen in people with a family history of varicose veins. Women whose mothers have varicose veins are especially at serious risk, says Reno Vein Clinic physician, Dr. Robert Merchant. Some genetic factors include: A family history of varicose veins, pregnancy, being overweight and old age.

Varicose veins do not appear suddenly

Varicose veins’ effects on one’s health are worse than their appearance. Since the abnormal appearance of these veins is usually ignored or not noticed until they become quite bad, the treatment is generally stalled, but early diagnosis is very important. Swollen, twisted and visible veins on the legs, achy or itchy legs, and feeling heat or cramps, especially at night can be significant warnings that you should get your veins treated.

If you have questions or are looking for more information about varicose vein treatments, call us (775) 329-3100.

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