varicose veins occupational hazard

Varicose Veins – Occupational Hazard for Traffic Police

Standing for long periods of time is known to increase the risk of varicose veins. Now a health check-up has shown that around 30% of Delhi Traffic Police personnel are suffering from the condition.

In the phase I of their study, 35 out of 116 Delhi Traffic Police were found to be suffering from varicose veins, a condition where blood pumps inefficiently in the legs, pooling in the veins. Symptoms include discomfort and pain, swollen or prominent veins. Severe cases can lead to ulcers.

A senior ranked Delhi Police (Traffic) commented:

“Police personnel’s especially traffic police are more prone to such dangerous disease – varicose veins. Also, this is one of the main reasons behind the long leaves by the personnel’s because they stand for nearly 15 hours in a day and sometime performs double shift if someone gets absent.

“After witnessing such a large number, we have also decided to conduct more health campaigns to find how many others are suffering from the same problem and will provide special care to them.”

Varicose Veins an Occupational Hazard?

There are many roles where long periods of standing on your feet mean that varicose veins may be considered something of an occupational hazard. Those working in retail for example, cooks, food service or cleaning spend most of their working day on their feet.

A few tips for workers whose job entails standing for a long time are:

  • Aim to avoid prolonged periods of standing
  • Elevate your feet when you can – during breaks and when you get home
  • Exercise to boost circulation – gentle walks are good
  • Be vigilant – if you spot any vein problems, earlier treatment prevents them getting worse
  • Maintaining a sensible weight is important in reducing the risk of vein conditions

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments

Varicose vein removal is now a lot less uncomfortable and more successful than people think. EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon. They also offer ClariVein®, a treatment which combines a mechanical with a chemical action to seal the vein as well as foam sclerotherapy and micro surgery, providing a complete range of options.

For smaller thread veins or spider veins, these can be treated in private clinics like Cosmedics Skin Clinics, who offer thread vein removal at a selection of clinics based in London using the latest surgical techniques including laser vein treatment, microcautery treatment and sclerotherapy injections (not for facial areas) with trained doctors and surgeons.

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