How to Take Care of Your Veins this Summer
Summer is here and that means increasing temperatures, extra sun, and shorter hemlines…all things that challenge people with varicose and spider veins.
Unfortunately, high temperatures can exacerbate vein disease as heat increases blood flow and stretches already swollen varicose veins. In most cases, mild discomfort can result from the heat, but in more serious cases, the already weak veins can become too large and cause spontaneous bleeding.
Besides the health implications the rising temperatures pose, it’s also true that patients with varicose and spider veins might not feel confident to show their legs in shorts or dresses.
To help our patients feel more prepared, the board-certified surgeons at the Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons made a checklist for varicose and spider vein patients to cope with the months to come.
Exercise is a great way to improve your circulation. While varicose veins can’t be healed without medical intervention, walking, swimming, biking and other physical activities can greatly reduce pain and discomfort. Start a routine now before the summer begins!
2. Eat healthier
With summer comes vacations, and previously healthy diets can fall by the wayside. While there is nothing wrong with treating yourself on a trip, don’t overdo it on the sugary and salty foods which can harm your circulatory system if eaten in excess. Additionally, add foods high in bioflavonoids like blueberries, cranberries, leafy greens, and garlic that are known to reduce inflammation.
3. Stay cool
If you are outside for a prolonged period of time, find air-conditioned space to cool down or cover your legs with a cold, wet cloth. Try and avoid the sun at the hottest point of the day, which is typically in the afternoon. If you need to be in sun, keep your legs covered with loose fabrics.
4. Avoid long periods of sitting or standing
Prolonged sitting or standing is difficult on veins in your legs. Alternate sitting and standing to increase blood flow and circulation. Going on a road trip? Plan ahead to stop every few hours to get out of the car and stretch. Planning ahead is another important factor in reducing stress and inflammation associated with your vascular health.
5. Visit the doctors
Taking the above steps can improve your vascular health and decrease the chances of more pain, but varicose veins can only be healed through vascular medical intervention. If you find your discomfort gets to be too much, or you are worried about your health, visit the doctors at Vascular and Vein at Gulfcoast Surgeons for a free screening. Spider veins, while not detrimental to your health, can be visibly reduced with the help of our board-certified vascular surgeons.
Their help and your preventative action will only boost your confidence, leading to an enjoyable summer.
To schedule an appointment with our board-certified vascular surgeons, call (239) 344-7061 or visit https://gulfcoastsurgeons.com.