As the summer months creep up on us, the weather is getting warmer and shorts and swimsuits are beckoning us from the closet. For many people, this brings excitement (vacations! outdoor activities!) but for others, the thought of showing off varicose and spider veins means avoiding those summer clothes.
Though they may be painful or embarrassing, varicose and spider veins are common and can be treated. Don’t let them get in the way of your summer plans and comfort!
Varicose veins are large, raised blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They may look bumpy or twisted. Along with their “little brothers,” spider veins, varicose veins are most often found in the legs and are caused by weak or damaged vein valves. This causes blood to pool instead of being pumped back to the heart. Women are more likely to have varicose and spider veins and this risk increases with age and hormone changes (like pregnancy and menopause).
What you can do:
Since being overweight and not exercising also lead to varicose and spider veins, enjoying your favorite physical activity can help reduce their appearance. Take advantage of beautiful Washington summer weather and exercise outdoors! Getting out and enjoying the weather may actually help you feel more comfortable in summer clothes.
Summer weather may be daunting for people with varicose and spider veins but it is time to put shorts back in your wardrobe! Clinicians at Swedish/Issaquah will be discussing more tips and treatments for varicose and spider veins on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. just in time for summer vacation. (Registration is required. Click here or call (206) 386-2502 for more information and to reserve a space.)