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How Not to Let Varicose Veins Ruin Your Time Spent Outdoors

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If you have developed varicose veins or spider veins on your legs, then you may be a bit hesitant to show off your legs when at the beach, relaxing on vacation, at a wedding, or enjoying other outdoor activities. Fortunately, you do not have to let unsightly leg veins ruin your outdoor experience.

While varicose veins and spider veins can be a cosmetic concern for many, you need to think about the underlying conditions that caused them to occur in the first place. Sometimes, it could be a matter of too much pressure within the veins or an underlying medical vein condition that gives rise to their existence. Often times, these unsightly veins are worsened by infrequent walking or exercise, pregnancy, wearing high heels, or standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time without moving around.

The key to being able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about unsightly varicose veins or spider veins is preparation. What can you do to get prepared? Let’s look at various suggestions to consider.

1. Visit a Professional Vein Specialist

One of the most important things you can do is consult with a professional Vein Specialist. Finding out the underlying issues to your vein problem can help you better determine what other things you should be and should not be doing.

Additionally, your professional Vein Specialist can perform vein treatments on your legs to reduce their noticeable and unsightly appearance. These vein treatments can involve using lasers, chemical injections, and more. If your goal is to get rid of varicose veins or spider veins, then seeing a professional Vein Specialist is the best place to start.

2. Prepare for Travel to the Outdoors

Sitting too long on a plane or train or car is not good for the venous blood circulation in your legs. You need to be able to get up and move around and stretch your legs to prevent vein problems from developing or worsening. While sitting in your seat, pump your feet up and down 5-10 times periodically every 5-10 minutes to improve venous blood flow within your legs. Wear medical grade knee-high or thigh-high compression stockings if you knowingly have varicose vein disease.

Make a point to stretch your legs and walk around for five to ten minutes every hour if opportunity presents itself. If you are driving, this might mean more frequent stops. Your legs and your leg veins will thank you. Remember to wear comfortable clothing when traveling and pick up a prescription for medical-grade compression socks from your professional Vein Specialist if your vein condition warrants such.

3. Remain Hydrated by Drinking Plenty of Water

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Spending time outdoors means you may be walking or exercising more and potentially losing more water by sweating. You want to remain hydrated by drink plenty of water when outdoors. When you do not get sufficient water, your body becomes dehydrated. Your body temperature may rise, which causes veins to dilate and get bigger, which may worsen your vein condition.

4. Wear Loose-Fitting and Comfortable Clothing.

You want to make sure your skin can breathe and not overheat when spending time outdoors. A long light cotton skirt or dress or pair of pants is perfect when you want to cover up your legs and avoid overheating.

For help addressing leg vein concerns and issues involving unsightly varicose veins or spider veins or other cosmetic concerns, please contact Hogue Clinics at 1-866-219-4699 to schedule your consultation appointment today!

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