After what felt like the coldest winter in years, springtime has now arrived. However, this isn’t necessarily great news for those suffering from varicose veins.
The changing weather conditions can play havoc for those suffering from varicose veins. Here, we’ll look at how winter can sometimes mask the symptoms of the condition and why you might want to seek treatment now the weather is getting warmer.
How does winter affect varicose veins?
The cold weather of winter may be unpleasant for your mood and comfort level, but it could actually be beneficial for your varicose veins. This is because colder temperatures can cause the bulging varicose veins to shrink in size, allowing the valves to function a lot better. This results in fewer unpleasant symptoms associated with the condition such as pain and swelling.
However, for some varicose vein sufferers, winter can also have the opposite effect. If you overindulged at Christmas, the excess holiday weight can put additional pressure onto the veins, causing them to hurt or ache more. People are also generally less active in winter, causing additional problems with weight gain and worsening varicose veins. Then there’s the effect the colder weather has on the skin.
Winter is well known to lead to dry skin. As the skin dries up, it can cause varicose veins to itch more. The cold can also affect the circulatory system, again worsening the symptoms of varicose veins.
So, patients will now either be experiencing slight relief as the weather warms up, or their varicose veins could be worsening. Whether your varicose veins have started to get worse or better, now is the best time to seek treatment. It won’t be long before summer is here and seeking treatment now will ensure your legs look perfect once the hot weather arrives.
Understanding your varicose vein treatment options
There’s a lot of varicose vein treatments available to choose from. It’s important to undergo a consultation to determine which treatment will work best for you. The trouble with varicose veins is, they never go away. You may be able to treat the symptoms, but if left untreated, the condition will only become worse.
From compression stockings for very mild varicose veins to laser treatment and surgery for moderate to severe varicose veins – there’s a treatment option for everyone. Book a consultation now and discover just how easy it is to eliminate these unsightly veins once and for all.