Winter and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins develop when the one-way valves inside the veins that control blood flow in the direction of the heart are damaged by a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) that further leads to dangerous varicose veins condition. This could be influenced by age, heredity, or several other lifestyle factors.

As Varicose veins develop, the valves no longer close properly after blood flows through them, and this allows the blood to ‘counter’ flow back into the veins and puddle there. This, in turn, causes the veins to swell and turn bluish-purple – the colour of deoxygenated blood. Varicose veins being a progressive disorder can potentially deteriorate if left untreated.

Warmer weather is considerably worse for vein disorders, as veins dilate and bulge more as temperature increases. This may exaggerate uncomfortable symptoms and impede blood flow further.

If you are considering treatment for your varicose veins, winter would be a good time to start. During winter when the atmospheric pressure and temperatures drop it may cause blood vessels to shrink dramatically. This may slow down the blood circulation in areas with smaller blood vessels like our fingers and toes. However, varicose veins function better in cold weather, since the veins shrink more and allow blood to travel upwards more easily. This may be the reason you probably notice reduced swelling and pain in your varicose veins during the season.

However, during cold weather, we tend to be less active and lack of exercise can worsen the symptoms of varicose veins. A sedentary lifestyle may worsen if you indulge in unhealthy food and weight gain. Extra added pounds will put pressure on already damaged varicose veins.

Brisk walking for a few minutes or any form of cardio exercises like swimming and elevating feet whenever possible can reduce the symptoms as it may improve blood circulation. It is essential that you limit the salt and sugar content in your diet and avoid processed food for better vein health. Try to include more fruits and vegetables and high fibre content in your diet.

Is Winter more suitable for Varicose vein treatment?

  • Symptoms of Varicose veins reduce during winter

Symptoms of Varicose veins such as swelling and cramping reduces during the cooler winter month

  • Compression stockings are more comfortable to wear

Most cases of Varicose vein treatment include wearing compression stockings and thick clothing, recommended to be worn regularly, is quite unbearable in warmer months and tend to be more comfortable during winter.

  • Possible skin damage by UV rays during Summer

Mild swelling and bruising are quite common after Varicose vein treatment. Exposure to UV rays can cause skin discolouration after treatment and hence keeping away from the sun is recommended for few weeks after treatment. Availing treatment in winter can help avoid the sun rays better.

Doctors at Avis Vascular Centre are experts in Varicose vein treatment. Comprehensive treatments which are minimally invasive can be offered to patients based on their medical condition. Call the centre today and book your appointment without delay.

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