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Why Pregnancy Can Cause Varicose Veins.

Blood travels through veins to get from your cells back to your heart. When blood is in the veins of your legs, the contraction of your leg muscles helps the blood flow against gravity to the heart. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases to support the baby, but blood flow between the legs and pelvis decreases. This causes pressure to build up in the veins, forcing them to expand outward. The result is large, often visible, varicose veins. Watch this video for the full scoop on pregnancy and varicose veins, via:

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Early Signs of Vein Disease

Varicose veins, often thought of as a cosmetic problem, are actually a sign of an underlying disorder of the circulatory system. Vein disease occurs when veins have trouble carrying blood from your body back to your heart. The main cause is heredity. You are at higher than average risk if your mother or grandmother — or even someone on your father’s side — suffers from serious vein problems. Also, due to pregnancy, women are more often affected than men.

Symptoms of vein disease may seem harmless at first but can develop into serious problems if left untreated. In the beginning, many people experience leg “heaviness”, which is sometimes disregarded and attributed to stress or exhaustion. However, experiencing continual “heaviness” should be taken seriously. Other symptoms include pain or tenderness along the course of a vein, itching or burning sensations and “restless” leg syndrome, typically occurring at night as the muscles tend to contract to push blood back toward the heart. Aching, swelling, muscle cramps, exercise intolerance, bulging veins, blue veins and enlarged veins are other symptoms that can occur. Patients typically experience relief of symptoms when walking or elevating their legs.

Even though these symptoms can sometimes be tolerated or brushed off, they should be taken seriously. They can progressively get worse and turn into bigger problems if treatment is not sought.

If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. You may also want to consider being evaluated by a vein specialist. For more information on varicose veins and treatment options visit www.renoveinclinic.com.

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How To Treat “Bacne” (Back Acne)

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Most of us have suffered through the occasional pimple or breakout, many of which appear on our face. But, another region that sometimes doesn’t get as much attention is the back. Many men and women suffer from back acne find it  uncomfortable to be in a bathing suit or show their back in public. Back acne isn’t just limited to your actual back, it can spread down your back onto your buttocks as well as wrap around to your chest area.

 

This acne is similar to facial acne in both its symptoms and its treatments. Unfortunately, people who suffer from sever facial acne are also more prone to suffering from acne in other places on their body as well. Acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oil. Therefor, it makes sense that acne can come from wherever there are sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for the production of sebum, or oil—and hair follicles). Blemishes can appear almost anywhere on the body except the palms of your hands and soles of your feel. Acne on the body poses another challenge because it can be harder to control than facial acne since the skin on your body is thicker and has larger pores that can become clogged. Plus, these areas are often clothed, which means your skin has constant contact with the oil it produces.

 

You obviously can’t stop your skin from secreting oil and clogging your pores, but you can help prevent body acne by cleansing your skin properly.

 

Our skincare expert Joelle Greene offers some quick tips to battle body acne:

 

Exfoliate.

Invest in a coarse rag or loofa to exfoliate your skin in the shower, be sure to keep this clean and wash with antibacterial soap often.

 

Change clothes post-workout.

Moist, sweaty clothing like a fitted sports bra or jersey are a breeding ground for bacteria that can clog pores. Be sure to shower and swap out your clothing for something clean and lighter after you work out.

 

Change your sheets more frequently.

A fresh change of bed sheets will ensure you’re sleeping on a clean and bacteria-free zone. Many times our body heat increases with sleep which can cause us to sweat and blog our pores

 

There are many body washes on the market not that will help treat body acne, however, it is best to visit a specialist and determine your course of action to properly tackle your acne. Like everything in life, it will take some research, diligence and possible lifestyle changes, but body acne can be managed.

 

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Don’t just sit there!

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How sitting all day at your desk can compromise vein health and overall well being.

Sure, you’ve probably heard how getting up and moving every once and a while is key if you have a desk job. However in an article by Huffington Post Healthy Living, it can be more detrimental than you think.

According to the article, “Prolonged sitting has been shown to disrupt metabolic function resulting in increased plasma triglyceride levels, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and decreased insulin sensitivity.”

While there may not be much we can do about changing they way we work, the article did offer some helpful tools people can use to stay more active in the workplace:

.     Standing desks- some are even able to adjust to sitting and standing heights

.     Take an office walk every few hours to get your heart rate up and blood pumping.

.     Yes, a treadmill desk actually exists so you can type and walk simultaneously. —

.     Yoga ball chairs are a great way to engage your core as you work

.     Consider proposing active meetings. Instead of a conference room, suggest a walk around the office or outside to get moving, talking and thinking.

 

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So… What are varicose veins?

Sure you know what they look like, those unsightly twisting swollen cords that are sometimes purple. You may know what they feel like, achy, swollen and extremely sensitive. You definitely know you don’t want them, but have you ever wondered what happens in the body to cause them?

Veins contain a series of one way valves formed at various distances to keep blood returning to the heart in an effective manner. For a vein to become varicose means the valve leaflets that prevent the blood from flowing backward aren’t working properly. The blood then flows backward and enlarges the vein by actually increasing the pressure within the vein itself. This causes swelling that forms the visibly bulging veins.

As we walk the leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart, against the effects of gravity. When veins become varicose, the leaflets of the valves no longer meet properly, and the valves can’t keep the flow toward the heart in check. This allows blood to flow backwards and the veins enlarge even more. Varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs, which are subjected to higher pressure when standing.

Sure, varicose veins can be unsightly, but they can also be painful and dangerous. The dilated veins cause stretching of the tiny sensory nerve endings, resulting in symptoms like burning, itching, heaviness, fatigue, “restless leg”, and nighttime leg cramps. Sometimes they look like cords twisting and bulging at the surface of the skin because they are raised and swollen. The most common place to have varicose veins is the on the inside of the leg and thigh.
There are many factors that contribute to a person developing varicose veins. First and foremost is the presence of a history of them in family members. They are enhanced by age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, sun exposure, trauma, and jobs that require prolonged standing (toll booth operator, checker, blackjack dealer).

Over time, varicose veins can get worse. The veins will get more prominent and swollen because blood starts to pool. This can occasionally lead to blood clots in the dilated segments. Unfortunately, once the veins become prominent or develop complications, it is very unlikely that the condition will resolve without treatment. Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake can diagnose varicose veins in a simple physical examination and develop a treatment plan to give you exceptional results.

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