Leg Swelling and Summer Heat


The summer is a season meant for celebrating. The warmer temperatures offer ample opportunity to have friends and family over to share stories over pool time, barbeque and ice cold drinks. But while many will be spending the summer having fun, some will be worried about the uncomfortable side effects the summer temperatures will have on their leg swelling.


About Leg Swelling

Also known as edema, leg swelling occurs when there is a buildup of extra fluid. Swelling generally occurs in the lower body due to the effect of gravity, making it harder for blood to flow from the legs up to the heart. The most common types of edema experienced in the summer months include peripheral edema and heat edema.

Peripheral edema is a very common condition that occurs in the lower extremities of the body. This type of swelling is generally mild and painless. Leg swelling can also be caused by heat edema, which occurs when rising temperatures causes the blood vesicles to dilate. The dilated vesicles can cause fluids to pool in the legs.


Leg Swelling and Vein Disease

The summer months can be especially difficult for those with vein disease due to the high temperatures. In fact, varicose veins are one of the most common causes of leg swelling. When due to varicose veins, leg swelling can vary from just a touch of swelling at the ankles to full-blown edema, which can make it difficult to put on shoes. When a result of vein leakage, swelling typically worsens as the day progresses and settles in the ankles. Like vein-related leg pain, the swelling is aggravated by heat, sitting or standing. Many patients have been placed on diuretics, or water pills, with little improvement in their swelling because they have been improperly diagnosed.


Prevention and Treatments

The temperatures in Las Vegas during the summer months can be intense. For individuals experiencing symptoms of leg swelling, there are a few steps you can take to prevent or alleviate your pain, including:

  • Keep your body cool and avoid the heat as much as possible. If you’re able to stay indoors between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the hottest portion of the day, do so.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will encourage proper blood flow.
  • Avoid being stationary. If your job requires you to sit or stand for extended periods of time, try to take breaks for a quick walk.
  • Massage the area experiencing pain. By stimulating the affected area, you’re promoting blood flow which should help lessen your pain.
  • Elevate your legs when possible.
  • Avoid hot showers or hot tubs which can further intensify your symptoms.


Those who suffer from leg pain and swelling know that these uncomfortable symptoms can force them to lead a less active lifestyle, which only compounds the problem. As varicose veins aren’t always visible, sometimes vein disease can progress without being properly diagnosed.


If you are experiencing leg swelling that doesn’t subside after a few days, it may be time to visit an experienced vein specialist to make sure your edema isn’t being caused by a larger underlying health issue such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). At Alpha Vein Clinic you will be thoroughly examined and, if diagnosed with CVI, you will be provided with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr Sassan Kaveh and his dedicated team, please call our offices at (702)430-7661.


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