Don't let varicose veins get in the way of a great summer...

Summer is here and as more people get outdoors to go walking, swimming, biking, or just enjoy the sunny weather – there are some who won't. Why? Because they're embarrassed by their varicose veins. Or worse, they suffer with swollen, aching, heavy legs that get worse in hot weather. These uncomfortable symptoms may point to a serious underlying vein disease.

Summertime heat can intensify leg swelling, muscle cramps, aching, throbbing, and leg fatigue. Increased outdoor activity can cause swelling and/or pain too. This is no way to spend your summer.

Varicose veins can't regulate blood flow efficiently. Add the summer heat, yard work or a day at the beach and the swelling in your legs can worsen causing more pain and heaviness. If your varicose vein symptoms worsen during the summer months, we have some tips below that can help you relieve some discomfort. Or, you can call the Vein Center at UMC to schedule a screening and to talk with Dr. Dimitropoulos about the best treatment for you. You can also request an appointment online.

Varicose Veins should NOT BE IGNORED. Most people are bothered by the bulging appearance of varicose veins and believe that they have a cosmetic condition. In fact, it could be a sign of a progressive disease process called chronic venous insufficiency. If left untreated this ailment can get worse and develop serious complications such as:

  • Swelling, Pain, Heaviness
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Permanent Skin Damage
  • Ulcers or Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Limb Amputation

To relieve your pain and prevent your varicose veins from worsening in the summer heat, follow our tips below:

  • Stay cool: Wear loose, breathable clothing to help keep you cool. Take advantage of the shade when you're outside.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps circulate your blood effectively and helps keep your legs from swelling. (Dehydration causes legs to swell and muscles to cramp.)
  • Elevate your legs: Elevating your legs, above your heart, for 15 minutes, three times a day, will reduce swelling and keep blood from pooling in your veins. Take frequent breaks from strenuous activity.
  • Compression stockings: Wearing compression stockings and socks can help increase circulation and reduce discomfort.
  • Vein closure: For a more permanent solution, consider treatments that will eliminate your varicose veins. Our in-office procedures are non-surgical and minimally invasive to give you the most comfort possible and get you back on your feet the same day. We accept most insurance: Medicare Assignment, Blue Cross Blue Shield & most commercial insurance and financing is available.

Call us today at 630-963-4000 or request an appointment online to schedule a screening and get your great summer started! And, If you don't have these issues but know someone who does, then do them a favor and share this email with them.