Don't Let Varicose Veins Ruin Your Summer

Posted by Dr. Kourosh Keyhani on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:41 AM
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The summer season for most people a time of recreation and fun. It is also the season for wearing shorts and swimming attire. For the millions of people that suffer with embarrassing spider and varicose veins, the summertime isn't quite as enjoyable. They are faced with the worry of having to cover their legs even in the hottest weather. By tackling an unwanted vein problem long before summer begins, patients can enter the warm months brimming with increased self-esteem.

Not only are varicose and spider veins unsightly, it is also an often painful condition. Varicose veins develop due to abnormal blood flow from weakened blood vessel walls. Although genetics is the main culprit in developing spider and varicose veins, any activity or condition that places pressure on veins such as standing or sitting for prolonged time periods, pregnancy and weight gain, can all be contributing factors.

Fortunately, there are a number of effective vein treatment options. Many of these techniques are covered by health insurance plans. The type of procedure depends on the nature and severity of the condition and the individual's health status. Traditional leg vein surgery such as vein stripping requires an extended recuperation period. Therefore, it makes sense to plan well ahead before hot weather arrives. Also, depending on your insurance provider, there could be a waiting time prior to treatment approval.

The vein specialist you work with may suggest a number of post-treatment processes to expedite recovery. This includes the wearing of compression socks, taking medications, light to moderate exercise to increase blood flow, and if necessary a weight-loss regimen. All or any of these might be vital to ensure you get the desired result. By carefully scheduling your varicose vein screening and procedure, you'll be on your way to having healthy looking legs for your next pool party.

In addition to appearing on ankles, legs and thighs, unwanted veins can also appear on the face or forehead. Regardless of the treatment region, the patient must allow adequate time for any bruising to subside. Stubborn veins can take several months to completely heal and fade away. Also, it's important to remember that patients that have laser therapy may require multiple visits in order to totally eradicate the afflicted area.

Varicose vein management can be a life-changing event. Sufferers of this condition often deal with sore, swollen ankles and feet. Severe cases can result in redness of the skin, ulceration and infection. By consulting with a vein specialist to treat your underlying vein problem before it worsens, you'll be able to engage in summer activities comfortably and confidently.