A feature on MailOnline looks at how winter can make varicose veins and thread vein problems worse.
It isn’t just the cold weather outside. Winter affects how we live indoors too and a surprising range of seemingly innocuous daily habits increase the likelihood of vein problems or make them worse.
- Weight Gain – many adults gain weight over winter. Diet in the winter tends to be warmer, ‘comfort food’, which contains more calories and sees us putting on the pounds. Add to that the impact of Christmas treats, which sees overeating and extra-rich food ‘treats’. Gaining weight means that your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart, which puts pressure on the venous system
- High Heels – wearing high heels inhibits the calf muscle pump, making it harder for the veins to pump blood back to the heart. When blood isn’t pumped back efficiently, it tends to pool in the legs, putting pressure on the veins so that they become less efficient, which in turn means more pooling of blood…
- Exercise/Circulation – exercising less is not good news for the veins. Apart from any potential impact on weight gain, exercise boosts circulation, while lack of activity makes it more sluggish, again allowing blood to pool in the legs
- Hot Baths – a hot bath can be very comforting in cold weather, but heat causes veins to dilate, which can make the legs feel heavy and tired, increasing the likelihood of vein problems
- Heating – excessive indoor heating can have the same effect as hot summer weather in exacerbating vein problems
Read more in Mail Health Online.
The article suggests:
“The best way to get rid of your symptoms for good is to have the varicose veins treated by the new laser techniques.”
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