Easing into summer with Varicose Veins

Easing into summer with Varicose VeinsIn Boca Raton, swimsuit season is year round. With the beach in close proximity and the sun shining all 12 months out of the year, there is rarely a time when long pants will be very comfortable. But as summer settles in and the days grow longer, shorts, swimsuits and other leg-baring attire are the norm. For those who are hoping to hide their varicose veins under layers of fabric, summer may feel like the longest season of the year.

Varicose veins are a form of vein disease, and while many people are concerned about their embarrassing appearance, they can cause some pretty uncomfortable symptoms that might interfere with your summer plans, too. These symptoms could include:

  • Throbbing
  • Swelling
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Skin rash
  • Restless Legs Syndrome

As you pursue treatment, there are several things you can do at home to reduce your risk of worsening varicose veins, as well as prevent further vein disease from developing.

This summer:

  • Wear sunscreen: Excessive sun damage can weaken the blood vessels just beneath the skin, which increases your likelihood of developing varicose veins.
  • Wear compression hose: When possible, wear compression hose or socks. These are highly successful in reducing or even correcting minor varicose veins.
  • Stay active: An active lifestyle is one of the best preventative methods against varicose veins. Being active encourages proper blood flow, which decreases your risk of developing any form of vein disease.

Varicose veins take time to treat, so if you want to be rid of varicose veins before heading on vacation this summer you’ll want to give yourself time to accomplish that. Treatment for varicose veins range from conservative remedies like wearing compression stockings, to laser vein treatment and radiofrequency ablation; two minimally invasive procedures that will reduce or eliminate varicose veins in their entirety.