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.

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Common Signs of Varicose Veins

Common Signs of Varicose Veins

Aching and swollen legs, and twisted veins can be uncomfortable precursors to varicose veins. These occur when vein valves are weakened or damaged. The weakened valves prevent blood from efficiently returning to the heart, causing blood to accumulate in the vein, and resulting in its enlargement. Although this process can affect all veins, varicose veins specifically refer to the larger veins.

For some, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue, but in others, this is a sign of more serious medical conditions.

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Restless Legs Syndrome

Willis-Ekbom disease, more commonly known as restless legs syndrome, is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move one’s legs. Typically, an uncomfortable sensation will cause this need to move and it happens most often in the evening while you’re sitting or lying down. It’s estimated that 7-10% of the US population suffers from restless legs syndrome. While restless legs syndrome typically has no cure, there is one treatable cause that tends to get overlooked: varicose veins.

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Varicose Veins and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time of life but it can also come with interesting side effects. As pregnancy progresses, some women may start to notice blue and purple veins becoming more visible in their legs. Varicose veins are a pretty common occurrence to happen during pregnancy. But why do they occur and are they dangerous? Let’s find out more about varicose veins and pregnancy.

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High Heels and Varicose Veins

‘Tis the season of parties and occasions to dress up. Your favorite cocktail dress goes great with a nice pair of pumps, but there’s a rumor that high heels cause varicose veins. Is it true?

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Coping with Varicose Veins as an Athlete

Athletes keep themselves in top physical condition. However, even they have to cope with the same risk of injury as the rest of us. Varicose veins can strike at any time, even when an athlete least expects it. In addition to causing a lot of pain and discomfort, varicose veins can also slow down athletic performance and make it hard to keep up a training schedule or certain activity.

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Stress Management Tips for Better Vein Health

Stress can come from anywhere, and no one is immune. Everyone experiences a little bit of stress every day, whether it’s from something big like work or something small like a speeding ticket. All that stress can have a serious effect on your health, particularly your veins. Check out these stress management tips to help you regulate your stress and stay healthier, longer.

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How The Summer Heat Affects Your Varicose Veins

When it gets to be late spring, a lot of people become anxious for summer to get here – from the last day of school to exciting summer vacations – summertime is the season for fun. However, most patients suffering from varicose veins feel the most relieved when summer is over. The hotter months can increase blood flow and worsen the varicose veins symptoms.

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5 Exercises to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

5 Exercises to Prevent Varicose Veins

One of the key factors in the development of varicose veins is an inactive lifestyle. Not getting enough exercise slows circulation and allows blood to pool in the lower limbs. Incorporating a little more activity into your lifestyle is a great way to combat varicose veins.

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Spring Break Tips: Protect Your Veins While Traveling

Spring break is right around the corner and many people love to escape the cold for warmer climates. However, if you suffer from vein problems, you could be in danger when you travel. Don’t let varicose veins ruin your spring vacation – follow these steps to keep your veins healthy!  [Read more…]

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