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Winter: The Varicose Vein Season



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.



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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Varicose Veins… what’s the deal?

Varicose veins are not always a cosmetic issue; they can actually become very painful if left untreated. They are usually found of the legs, they can cause an achy pain or heavy feeling in some. In others, varicose veins can cause burning, throbbing and swelling. Sometimes, if untreated, varicose veins can lead to more serious skin problems, such as skin ulcers and blood clots; they are also a good indication of a higher risk of circulatory problems. It is said that between 20 and 25 million Americans have varicose veins.


Spotting varicose veins is simple if you know what to look for. They are dark purple or blue; look twisted and enlarged, and often is raised above the skin. Veins can become varicose when their valves are weakened or damaged, such as the picture above. Normally, valves open and shit to keep blood moving in one direction, which is back towards the heart. When they aren’t working properly, blood can flow backwards through the valves and pool in the veins, causing them to stretch, swell and twist.


To treat them, you really have to start with lifestyle changes. Exercising, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting can drastically help ease pain and keep veins from getting worse. In some cases, compression stockings can help alleviate swelling and symptoms as well. For sever varicose veins, there are minimally invasive options that can fade or remove the vein, while newer treatments use radiofrequency, lasers, and heat to close off the vein.


To reduce your rise, you can watch your weight, follow a high-fiber and low-salt diet, and be sure to change positions throughout the day. While you cannot completely prevent varicose veins from forming, and certain risk factors are out of your control, like family history and age; women, unfortunately are at a higher risk for developing varicose veins than men.

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