If you have varicose veins, you may have problems at any time of the year with swelling or discomfort. Summer, however, may be the most difficult season for people with vein conditions. Not only are you likely to be more aware of how your legs look when you are wearing shorts or bathing suits, but the summer heat can actually make varicose vein symptoms worse.
Why the Summer Heat Can Make Varicose Veins Worse
The veins in your legs have valves that are supposed to keep the blood moving in the correct direction, back up towards your heart. Summer heat can make your veins expand. The enlarged veins put stress on the veins’ valves, making them weaker. The weakened valves can’t do their job properly. Instead of sending all the blood back up to the heart, the veins allow some blood to flow back down into your legs. The blood pools in the veins, making varicose veins worse.
What You Can Do for Your Varicose Veins
Summer is just about over, and even though the heat is bad for your varicose veins, there are things that you can do to help:
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