Monthly Archives: May 2016

Jobs With a High Risk of Varicose Veins

One of the biggest risk factors to developing varicose veins is prolonged standing or sitting. Certain occupations that require people to sit or stand a lot can be bad for the health of your veins. We’ve compiled a list of professions that feature a high risk of developing varicose veins:

  1. Nurses

In terms of jobs that require long periods of standing, nursing is right near the top. Whether it’s taking vitals, interviewing patients, checking up on patients, or assisting doctors during surgery, nurses spend the majority of the day on their feet. We recommend that nurses wear compression stockings to help prevent varicose veins and their symptoms.

  1. Working in an Office

In general, office workers sit uninterrupted at their desks for much of the day. In addition to being an unhealthy way to work (humans weren’t designed to sit all day), a sedentary desk job can be a contributing cause of varicose veins. When you frequently sit for extended periods, the muscles in your legs that normally help pump blood aren’t used very much. As a result, blood could flow backwards in leg veins and pool, causing varicose veins.

  1. Working in a Factory

If you’ve ever worked in a factory or an assembly line, then you know how much time these workers spend on their feet every day. If you haven’t, let’s just say it’s a lot. And hour after hour on your feet, sometimes in one place, can be one of the bigger causes of varicose veins.

  1. Cashiers

When we think about jobs that require a lot of standing in one place for hours on end, we immediately think about cashiers and about how the required standing of the profession can be one of the causes of varicose veins.

From retail cashiers at big-box stores to cashiers at grocery stores, working the register for long periods of time can take its toll on your legs and veins.

  1. Hairstylists

Even though you get to sit in a comfy chair while you get your hair cut, hairstylists don’t. Instead, they typically stand on a hard floor all day, which can be what causes varicose veins.

Do you or someone you know have a job like these that requires prolonged sitting and standing? If so, consider seeing a vein specialist to ensure your vein health is not at risk.



Leave a comment

Filed under Spider Veins, Treatment Options, Uncategorized, Varicose Veins, Vascular Health

Varicose Veins and Itching.

Itching legs as a result of varicose veins can actually be a predictor of future vein problems if left untreated. We know varicose veins are associated with the accumulation of old blood in the damaged vessels.  Unless the legs are elevated, the blood does not return back to the heart readily from them.  Waste products like carbon dioxide, lactic acid, etc. can accumulate and the skin drained by these veins will have an increased concentration of waste products. This causes our skin to become drier and induces itching.

Over time this can produce varicose eczema, which causes increased healing times if injured and can lead to ulcers. Itching legs can indicate that it is definitely time to treat the varicose veins before the skin deteriorates into more severe problems.

If you have itching legs as a result of problematic veins, contact Reno Vein Specialists, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake at the Reno Vein Clinic (775) 329-3100.

Leave a comment

Filed under Spider Veins, Treatment Options, Uncategorized, Varicose Veins