You may not know it, but intense heat can worsen the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins. Summer heat can cause the veins to enlarge which can exacerbate symptoms. It can intensify burning, throbbing, heaviness, and aching in your legs. Legs also tend to swell more, especially later in the day. Sun and heat can make muscle cramps, itchiness, and skin discoloration worse. Here are some things to do to keep your legs feeling fine this summer.
Dos and Don’ts for Good Leg Vein Health this Summer
Hydrate – It’s always important to stay hydrated as temperatures rise. We lose water when we sweat, so always keep water handy and drink plenty of it. Drinking enough water can help prevent leg cramps and staying hydrated helps with overall blood flow.
Eat Healthier – Also, eating healthy foods can improve your vein health, so try to include foods like apples, apricots, grapes, cherries, and berries. Vein-loving veggies include asparagus, avocados, beets, and leafy greens. They are good for your veins. Visit our blog for more tips on vein-healthy eating.
Use Sunscreen – The sun can break down collagen and tiny blood vessels right beneath the surface of the skin causing spider veins to appear especially on noses, cheeks, and chests. Wearing a hat is always a good idea. Varicose veins cannot be created by the sun, but the heat from the sun can cause the veins to enlarge and swell This extra pressure causes the veins to hurt more than usual. Always use sunscreen when you are going to be outside. Seek shade or cover your legs with a towel when you can.
Exercise and Elevate – It’s usually easier to stay active during the summer, so make sure to take advantage of that. Take more walks and elevate your legs when you’re relaxing for better circulation. Wear comfortable shoes. Maybe try sneakers or supportive sandals instead of flip flops.
We know summertime is especially hard on people with varicose veins. Symptoms worsen and you may also suffer from embarrassment about your unsightly veins. If you’d like to finally do something about them, give us a call. We offer many minimally invasive treatments that don’t involve a lengthy recovery time.
Call the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City today at (913) 541-3377 or request an appointment online and get ready to break out the shorts and swimsuits.