Why Do My Varicose Vein Symptoms Get Worse During Summer?

Las Vegas residents are no strangers to the heat, but for those living with varicose veins or Chronic Venous Insufficiency, the summer months can bring extra discomfort or pain. Varicose veins can prevent us from enjoying the months when bare legs and trips to the pool are common. Here’s what you need to know about varicose veins during the summer.


The Sun Can Agitate Varicose Veins

While the sun may not cause varicose or spider veins, it can certainly exacerbate them. That’s because the UV rays emitted by the sun damage the upper layers of skin, depleting some of its moisture in the process. As a result, the skin may lose some of its elasticity or ability to move – which can aggravate weak veins. If you have varicose vein symptoms, avoid excessive exposure to the sun or tanning beds, wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated.


Excessive Heat Makes Veins Expand

Another reason varicose vein symptoms can worsen in the summer is the excessive heat. Prolonged exposure to heat can dilate the veins, allowing for more blood to pool, thus causing them to expand or bulge. Staying cool is the best way to prevent this from happening. Cooling exercises (like swimming in an indoor pool) can help promote blood circulation without exposing you to excessive heat.

Only a Professional Can Treat Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are mostly hereditary, and while there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of developing varicose veins, the only way to get lasting relief is by seeking the help of a professional vein expert. Thanks to modern advances in medicine, there are many effective and minimally invasive options available to treat varicose veins. For example, Radio Frequency Ablation is one of the most effective varicose vein treatments available. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, with minimal bruising or downtime.

To learn more about varicose vein treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Kaveh at (702) 233 1849 for a professional consultation today!