Health and Fitness

Coping With Varicose Veins During The Summer

Varicose veins or swollen blood vessels are never a good thing to have and the problem can become even worse to manage during the summertime. The compounding effects of the dehydrating heat, the demands to travel as well as the societal pressure to show more skin can all be nightmares for sufferers.

In-fact the heat can exaggerate symptoms, leading to heavier swelling in the legs. Travelling on planes for vacations means a long time sitting in one position which gives less chances to stretch the legs and aid circulation.

Despite the conditions, summertime should be able to be enjoyed by everyone and this is no different for those with problem blood vessels. Following the simple tips in this article, you can make sure that you get the most out of your summer without your varicose veins becoming a hindrance!

Varicose Veins During The Summer

Of course, the best way to avoid this issue is to seek treatment from a professional vein center.

Avoid Sitting for too Long:

This might seem like a no-brainer in summer since there are so many outdoor activities commonly enjoyed. In fact it may not be the activities you need to worry about, but the journey to-and-from them.

Driving or sitting down for a long time as a passenger will have a negative impact on blood circulation in the veins, leading to further bulging. The confined spaces of cars, buses, and planes leave little room for exercises that help with circulation.

Therefore you’ll become trapped in an environment where little can be done to treat your symptoms. But there are some steps you can’t take to minimize the impact.

If travelling via aircraft, pay for extra legroom if it’s available. If in a car take advantage of the available rest stops and perform your exercises. Taking any opportunity you can to avoid stationary sitting will help a great deal in the long run.

Exercising:

Summer is a great opportunity to get outdoors and carry out a number of helpful exercises. Even just walking around the block will do wonders for circulatory health.

Activities like cycling, jogging, roller-skating and everything in-between are all great ways to promote circulation and build up your stamina. Getting the blood moving any way you can is one of the things you can do to ease your varicose veins.

Varicose Veins

Drinking plenty of Water:

This is a pretty obvious health tip that applies to everyone but many people forget to hydrate properly during the summertime. This mistake is even worse if you suffer from varicose veins as proper hydration is essential for promoting good circulation.

You will naturally sweat more in summer so you will need to drink more water to compensate for this. Your body may become deprived of electrolytes and minerals so coconut water is a great, natural drink that can replenish you.

Alcohol is not recommended. If you absolutely feel the need to partake then make sure you do so in moderation and drink plenty of water in-between the alcohol.

Clothing considerations:

Many people with varicose veins will dread the warmer weather because everyone else will be showing off their legs in shorts and summer dresses. This not only affects the self-esteem of sufferers but might prompt them to cover up with clothing that isn’t ideal.

While you might be tempted to wear skinny jeans or tights they are probably too tight for your skin and won’t help with the bulging blood vessels. It’s better to go with loose clothes like a long dress or cargo pants.

Loose clothes will allow the skin a chance to breathe and provide relief for the legs. They’re also a great way to protect against sunburn which can be particularly nasty for varicose vein sufferers.

For those who wear compression stockings, there are plenty of options that are discreet as well as easy to hide. You don’t have to stop using them just because the weather (and fashion) has changed.

About the author

Jyotsna Ramani

Jyotsna Ramani is a passionate writer and an avid globetrotter. She had a knack for writing since her early years, though that was mostly letters to her penpals and jotting her thoughts down in her "Dear Diary".
Over the years, she realized how her hobby could turn into a full time career and she started writing web content, books and pieces for local magazines. There has been no looking back ever since.

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