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Tips for dealing with varicose veins in summer


There’s nothing quite like an Australian summer to get us going to the beach, camping or getting out to enjoy the warm evening air.

But even though many of us love to soak up the rays, swollen legs covered in veins can often get in the way. For those with this condition, here are some tips to combat varicose veins in the summer.

Why does varicose veins worsen in the summer?

“Warm weather warms the body. In response, your body tries to cool itself by dilating the walls of the veins,” says Dr. Zill, director of the Vein Institute.

Expansion of varicose veins leads to deterioration of their already turbulent blood flow. This can worsen symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as cramping and swelling.

How to fight varicose veins in the heat?

“Stay cool, stay active and stay safe this summer,” says Dr. Zill.

Staying cool

Minimizing varicose veins by swimming in a pool or swimming at the beach and staying in air-conditioned rooms will help avoid some symptoms.

A refreshing bathing suit can help relieve symptoms of varicose veins, such as cramping and swelling.

Stay active

Meanwhile, regular exercise improves blood circulation.

Dr. Zill recommends:

1. Swimming (if outside, try to go before 11:00 or after 17:00)

2. Take walks early in the morning and late in the afternoon

3. Wander around a local air-conditioned mall

4. Do light exercise in an air-conditioned room or gym

5. Take an indoor yoga or pilates class

Summer is safe

Varicose veins are sensitive to ultraviolet rays. So stick to the shade, wear light protective clothing, wear a healthy layer of sunscreen, and wear a hat. You should also drink plenty of water to thin your blood.

“Staying hydrated will make it easier for blood to move around the body, reducing the strain on the veins,” says Dr. Zill. “Not to mention it will keep you from overheating.”

Dr. Zill also recommends wearing compression stockings and appropriate footwear.

“Wearing compression stockings is one of the best ways to deal with swollen legs and varicose veins, especially on hot days,” says Dr. Zill.

“Meanwhile, shoes have a certain effect on the blood circulation in the feet. And tight and high shoes are not suitable for summer.”

According to Dr. Ziel, tight shoes make it difficult for blood to flow in and out of the legs, while high heels prevent the proper movement of the calves, forcing the veins to work overtime. This strain, combined with the stress of hot weather, can make your symptoms worse.

So, try to wear the right shoes and choose a lower and thicker heel.

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The best way to avoid varicose veins this summer is to treat them now, before the hot weather hits, says Dr. Zill, director of the Vein Institute.

Seek treatment

“Of course, the only way to avoid varicose veins in the summer is to treat them in the winter or spring,” says Dr. Zill.

The treatment will not only save patients with varicose veins from many pains, but also prepare the legs for summer.

So if you’re ready to take the next step, make an appointment at The Vein Institute Canberra by calling 13 VEINS (13 83467).

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