Anytime is a good time to treat your veins. Springtime seems the obvious answer. As it arrives with its warm and sunny days we grow happy with anticipation, but for many that elation is simultaneously met with a sense of panic and anxiety. The idea of showing our legs in shorts and skirts leaves us cringing because the varicose and spider veins that have been hidden under long pants for the winter are about to be seen.
Never fear! If you missed your opportunity it’s never too late to get your veins checked. Spring or summer is still an ideal time to treat your veins. Varicose veins affects anywhere between 25-30 million adults in the US between the ages of 18 to 70, with women twice as likely as men to develop the condition. While the sight may come with that anxiety, in modern varicose vein treatments, recovery time is minimal.
Symptoms of varicose veins are due to pooling of blood and may include discomfort and aching in the legs, especially after standing or prolonged sitting. It’s no surprise things can progress over winter. We tend to be less active and motivated to managed some of these problems. Other symptoms include pain, itching and swelling. While most cases of varicose veins are generally harmless, they may indicate underlying vascular disease that’s potentially serious and that requires treatment.
What do you need to do to treat your veins?
- Make An Appointment With Your Doctor. There are plenty of things you can do at home and in your day to day routine, but it’s always best to consult your physician first.
- Play with pets, kids, and/or grandchildren. Exercise, such as walking, biking and skiing promotes healthy blood flow and strong veins throughout the body. Play outside with the family or take a brisk walk to the park or along the beach or walk the dog. These are all great ways to get some exercise and fresh air.
- Eat less salt, sugar and fat. Yes, it probably sounds like a broken record for all ailments anymore, but eating healthy affects all aspects of your life and healthy. Try adding a few dried apricots, some raisins, a sliced banana or other fruit for extra flavor. To beat the hunger pangs before dinner, try slicing fresh, raw peeled swede and carrots as crunchy snacks; delicious.
- Quit Smoking. Just like poor eating habits, smoking affects all parts of your health. Studies have shown that high blood pressure associated with smoking can cause varicose veins. Quitting smoking instantly lowers your blood pressure.
- Elevate Those Feet! Do you work at a computer all day? Are you a commuter? Do you stand or sit for hours at a time? Make time to literally put your feet up. Elevating your legs at the end of the day is a simple way to look after your vein health, and give yourself a few minutes of peace to relax and reflect on the day.
- Catch Those Zzz’s Generally, we’re not sleeping as much as we should so use the long winter nights to catch up. A good night’s sleep is important for health and wellbeing and it’s perfectly natural to want to hibernate when the weather turns cold.