Summer is a great time to vacation, spend time with family, and make new friends. But if you have spider veins and varicose veins, you must be extra cautious. The heat, long-distance travel, high risk of dehydration, and pressure to look great can be overwhelming. At DHR Health Vein Institute, we want you to have the best time during this season and all year long.
Varicose veins occur when vein valves become weak. As a result, blood collects in the veins, forcing them to twist or swell. Because they appear dark or purple, they are easily noticed.
Other symptoms include:
• Swollen ankles and feet
• Burning sensation
• Muscle cramps
• Itchy or dry skin that looks thinner
• Achy or heavy legs
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you can still enjoy the season. Wondering how? Here are four simple tips to follow.
Exercise increases the rate of blood circulation, which in turn pumps blood that may have collected due to weak valves. Physical activity also helps to reduce blood pressure, a factor that can cause varicose veins.
Some low-impact exercises to consider include:
Watch What You Eat
With so much to do and many places to visit, you might be tempted to overlook your diet when vacationing. For example, salty foods tend to increase water retention. So avoid them at all costs. Health experts encourage people with spider veins and varicose veins to eat foods rich in potassium instead because they reduce water retention.
Some foods rich in potassium include:
• Tuna and salmon
• Almonds and pistachios
• Leafy vegetables
It is equally important to stick to a diet with high amounts of fiber to encourage bowel movement and avoid constipation. You don’t want to strain an already damaged vein since it can worsen the condition.
Use Compression Stockings
We offer compression stockings at our office. They can help apply pressure on the legs and assist the muscles to move blood in the veins. Most people who wear compression stockings tend to reduce pain and discomfort linked to varicose veins.
Wear Non-Restrictive Clothing
Tight-fitting clothes tend to restrict blood flow. With varicose veins, any clothing that restricts blood circulation should be avoided. It’s also recommended you put away those high heels and stick to flat shoes.
Other strategies that can help you manage varicose veins include:
• Gentle and regular massage
• Avoid sitting for a long time
Varicose veins shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the season. For more information, please consult a member of our team at DHR Health Vein Institute in McAllen, TX. Contact our office today to book a consultation!