How to Manage Varicose Vein Pain

Many people that experience varicose veins suffer pain. This is because the valves in the veins are malfunctioning, making it harder for blood to flow upwards. Without proper blood flow, the blood starts to pool and collect in areas, increasing the pressure on the vein, causing it to bulge and/or twist. Over time this pressure can result in pain. Summit Skin & Vein Care recommends a consultation for advice on a possible long-term treatment for varicose veins. However, when awaiting treatment options, try these methods to assist in reducing the pain of varicose veins.

Compression Socks

While compressions socks won’t fix your varicose veins, they can help promote and encourage the needed upward blood flow. The compression socks will put pressure on the feet and ankles, squeezing and helping the blood have more momentum to move back towards the heart.

Again, this will not eliminate the varicose veins, but it does have the potential to reduce the pain by reducing the amount of blood pooling in the veins.

Avoid prolonged sitting or standing

When you have varicose veins, it’s important to incorporate a healthy mix of sitting and standing during your day. If you sit for long periods of time, you can experience poor blood flow, which will only make your varicose vein pain worse. On the flip side, being on your feet all day puts strain on your veins.

If you are on your feet all day, make sure to take frequent breaks to sit. In addition, if you sit for the majority of the day, make sure you get up and move around to promote blood flow. If you have trouble remembering to move or rest throughout the day, setting an alarm as a reminder may help.

Exercise

Exercising can help improve blood flow and lessen your pain, but it can also put more stress on the vein and cause more pain. It is important to consult a vein specialist before you start an exercise plan.

Losing weight and healthy eating

If you have some extra pounds, losing weight can reduce the pressure that is put on your veins and can reduce the pain. Reducing your salt intake can also help reduce water retention, general heaviness, and added pressure on your legs.

Elevate feet

By elevating your feet, you are helping improve your circulation. Lifting up the legs will allow gravity to do the work and assists in reducing blood pooling and the pressure put on varicose veins.

Varicose Veins Treatment

The only true way to completely be rid of your pain is to treat your varicose veins. At Summit Skin and Vein Care, we offer two different varicose vein treatment options. Both are highly effective and performed by our skilled, experienced medical team. Unlike outdated varicose vein stripping, our treatment options are both minimally-invasive and require little-to-no downtime.

Ready to Be Pain-Free?

If you’re ready to treat your varicose veins and live a pain-free life, we can help. Call Summit Skin & Vein Care today at (816) 533-4398 for a free vein screening and to learn more about varicose vein treatments.

October Events in Lee’s Summit

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Family Fun This October

Looking for something to do in Lee’s Summit in October? There are plenty of fun-filled family events going on!

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6 Tips for Fall Skin Care

summit-skin-and-vein-fall-skin-careSummer has finally come to a close, and your skin likely shows it. Because fall is a time of transition for our skin and bodies, the best fall skin care regimens will correct any summer damage that has occurred, and help prepare your skin for winter. Sun, chlorine, and even harsh temperatures may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so autumn is a great time to exfoliate and moisturize on a regular basis. [Read more…]

Are Your Beauty Products Safe?

The Dangers Hiding in Your Makeup Bag

Usually we think of our makeup products as beautiful little jewels and a fun part of our beauty routine. Unfortunately for our favorite little beauty boosters, scientists have discovered a lot of hidden bacteria, microbes, and other gross gunk having a party in our makeup products. Read on to discover what might be hiding in your beauty products, and what you can do about it.

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Your makeup brushes are some of the dirtiest tools in your bag. Think about it: you wipe them onto your face and back into your products every day, transferring tiny microbes with the help of the oils in your skin. Luckily this one is a fairly easy fix. Simply wash your brushes with warm water and baby shampoo once a week to keep your brushes clean and to stop harmful bacteria from getting in the way of beautiful skin.

Lipstick

This one is tough, because it’s a product we are always reapplying throughout the day, and even sometimes sharing with friends. Lipstick also has the potential to do the most harm, because it is applied directly to the mouth, so any germs it may hold are going directly into your body. For the healthiest lipstick, always wipe your mouth down before applying to avoid transferring bacteria back onto the lipstick. Also, shave off the top of your lipstick about once a week to cut off any bacteria that has started to grow there. Finally, never share your lipstick, or any makeup for that matter!

Expired Beauty Products

Okay, we are all guilty of this one. Sometimes you haven’t used all the product up by the time of its expiration date, so what’s the harm of saving a little money and not wasting a perfectly good product, right? Wrong. Expiration dates exist for a reason. At the expiration date, the preservatives in your beauty products have run out, meaning that they are at a high risk for having had time to accumulate too many contaminates to be safe for use. Use this guide to know when to toss which products: liquid eyeliners and mascara should be replaced every two to three months; toss out general face products after six months to a year; throw away your lipstick after one to two years.

Ready to Replace Old Beauty Products?

Looking for a healthy, natural new makeup collection to try? Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup might be just what you are looking for. Jane’s pure-pressed powder compacts are made from anodized aluminum, which releases few toxins into the environment, and as a result, fewer toxins are getting into your skin! Her beautiful products have a natural broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection of SPF 20, and are Paraben free. At Summit Skin & Vein, we love Jane, and we are happy to introduce you to our collection of her fabulous beauty products. Stop in today or call us at (816) 533-4398 to learn more!

The Best Foods for Your Skin

When it comes to nourishing your skin, nothing does as good of job than the foods you eat. You read that right! No cream or serum works as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Addressing which foods to choose and which foods to avoid is our goal. Read further for tips on how to have healthy, glowing skin using the things you find in your pantry or local supermarket.blond woman eat green apple

Pomegranate Perfection

Pomegranates are perfect because they’re packed with polyphenols which are antioxidants that fight free radicals. The help regulate the skin’s blood flow and give you a rosy glow. Eat at least one pomegranate or drink a few glasses of juice daily to help your skin. It’s one sweet food that you don’t need to feel guilty about consuming.

Peppers for Peepers

Fight wrinkles around the eyes with delicious green and yellow vegetables. Make a meal out of peppers. The food tastes great raw and cooked.

Even it Out with Edamame

Another food that’s great for the skin is soy. It contains minerals and proteins that help reduce hyperpigmentation. Prepare a cup of edamame or soy milk a day for a clearer complexion. It’s a food you can sink your teeth in.

Calming Green Tea

High in antioxidants which help reduce redness and inflammation, a cup of green tea does wonders for the skin. Brew a cup a day and enjoy taking good care of your skin. No one argues with the logic behind some good self-care.

Now that you know which foods work best for your skin, you’ll be careful to add them to your shopping cart and diet. Avoid fatty, fried foods which clog the skin and cause breakouts. Drink plenty of water to eliminate wastes from your body and to keep skin looking fresh and clean. The food you eat really make a difference in how you look and feel.

Call Us Today

For more information about our skin care, call Summit Skin and Vein Care in Lee’s Summit at (816) 533-4398.

Tips to Prevent Appearance of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not solely an aesthetic problem, and can signify more serious venous complications.
Damaged or weak valves in the veins can create increased pressure on the walls of the veins when they fill with blood. This causes the veins to expand and causes appearance of varicose veins. This typically occurs in the legs more than other areas of the body.

Sometimes varicose and/or spider veins cannot be prevented due to genetic predispositions to weak vein walls, but there are certain tips to keep in mind in order to delay their appearance or reduce the risk of onset.


underwater view of senior man swimming competitively1.) Regular exercise

Daily exercise can improve the leg strength, and promotes better circulation. Lighter exercise, such as walking or swimming, is recommended. Strenuous physical activity, like running or weightlifting, increases pressure on the veins, and should be avoided to delay the appearance of varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise can also decrease pressure on your veins.

2.) Avoid standing/sitting for prolonged periods

Standing for a long period of time is stressful to weak veins, and can cause blood to accumulate in the legs. If standing for long periods, be sure to move around to promote better blood flow in the legs. Sitting for long periods can also cause blood to accumulate in the legs.

3.) Leg elevation

Slightly elevating your legs when you sit or lie down improves better bloodflow from the legs to the heart. Elevating your legs decreases pressure on the veins and promotes better circulation. When you lie down, consider putting a pillow under your feet to keep your legs slightly elevated. When sitting down, consider resting your feet on a nearby chair or stool.

Vitamin E4.) Modify your diet

Cut back on salt. Salt can cause increased swelling, which leads to varicose veins. Taking vitamin supplements, such as Vitamin E, are thought to promote skin andvein health. Consult with your doctor before adding nutritional supplements into your diet.


Let us help with your any of your varicose vein concerns.

Summit Skin & Vein Care in Lee’s Summit, MO, can diagnose your venous problems and provide professional treatments to treat and diminish the appearance of varicose veins.

To make an appointment, call (816) 533-4398 today.

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