Most folks look forward to summer. But for people who have varicose or spider veins, the sunshine and warmer temperatures can bring a feeling of dread and embarrassment. The shorts, skirts, and bathing suits which are part of summertime’s unofficial uniform mean that the unsightly condition will be on full display. But summer can have more than an emotional impact for those with varicose veins. The heat, humidity, and sun exposure that comes with the season can also make the condition worse.
What Are Varicose Veins and What Causes Them?
Typically appearing on the legs, varicose veins appear are easily visible as small, large blood vessels raised in appearance.
In addition to genetics, constant stress on the legs, such as from long periods of standing throughout the day, can contribute to varicose or spider veins. Other factors include:
- Birth control
- Hormonal replacement therapy
- Blood clots
How Summer Effects Varicose Veins
Summer’s conditions, as well as how we respond to those conditions, also play a role in the visibility and prominence of varicose veins. The most significant factor is sun exposure, which creates a chain reaction in your skin and the veins underneath.
Specifically, the sun’s harmful rays can weaken and damage the upper layers of your skin, depriving it of moisture and reducing its elasticity. When that happens, your skin and the veins that lay just below the surface can’t move and flex as they need to. This makes it more difficult for your veins to keep blood flowing smoothly and efficiently. Instead of moving along, blood can pool in your leg’s veins, thus making those veins that much more prominent.
Protecting your skin with wide-spectrum sunscreen is critical to preventing the damage that the sun’s rays can do to your legs (and every other part of your body). Wearing protective clothing can also shield your legs from the sun, but be careful. Tight clothing can further restrict blood flow. Keep things loose with maxi dresses, cargo shorts, and other loose-fitting apparel.
In addition to the sun’s rays, the summer heat can also cause inflammation and make varicose veins larger and more uncomfortable. Stay hydrated and be mindful of how much time you spend outside.
One of the best ways to keep varicose veins in check is exercise and physical activity.
Regular exercise will improve your leg and vein strength as well as your circulation, and controlling your weight can prevent too much pressure on your legs
Get Rid of Varicose Veins – Call Dr. Busso Today to Schedule a Sclerotherapy or Laser Treatment Consultation
At Dr. Mariano Busso’s Miami aesthetic dermatology clinic, we offer treatments such as sclerotherapy and Ellipse Laser Therapy that have relieved thousands of people from the embarrassment of varicose veins.
Dr. Busso is an acclaimed and widely recognized expert on a wide range of cosmetic and dermatological treatments, including sclerotherapy and the use of laser therapy to reduce and eliminate varicose and spider veins. Call our Miami clinic today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation.