Summertime in Alaska has been a big topic of discussion for the Circulation blog. We recently discussed ways to incorporate exercises into a busy summer routine in addition to raising awareness about how heat can affect varicose veins. Not only is it important to maintain a healthy diet and keep your lower extremities moving to increase blood flow, it is also important to stay hydrated. Carolina Vein Associates provides six tips for varicose vein relief during the summertime:
- Stay cool – Increased heat can dilate veins and cause pain in addition to other symptoms. Help keep your body cool by wearing loose or flowing clothes made of a breathable fabric like cotton whenever possible.
- Stay hydrated – By drinking plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day, not only will you stay cool, you’ll improve your circulation.
- Stay active – Incorporate regular, low-impact exercises into your routine to improve circulation in your legs.
- Wear support socks – Compression stockings and socks are now made in a variety of skin tones and fashionable colors.
- Use self-tanners – The bluish-purple color of varicose veins and spider veins will appear less pronounced.
- Keep legs elevated – Lessen the negative effects of gravity by propping up your feet whenever you are sitting or use extra pillows under your feet when lying in bed.
No matter the season, varicose veins and spiders veins can be painful, and it is important to understand ways to prevent and treat them. To learn more about how to keep your veins healthy, visit our Vein Clinic, or make an appointment with one of our vascular specialists by calling 907-563-8346 (VEIN).