The Effects of Cold on Varicose Veins

The arrival of winter signals the return of frosty mornings, hot beverages, and cozy clothes. While most of us are preoccupied with staying healthy enough to prevent catching a cold or flu this winter, it’s important to remember that the cold can exacerbate varicose veins and other health problems.

Large, twisted veins (varicose veins) can be seen close to the skin’s surface. The majority of people who have them experience pain from them in their legs.

Vein fragilities are a common cause of these conditions. There are one-way valves in our veins that prevent blood from flowing in the other direction when it is pumped back to the heart from the rest of the body. However, when these valves are broken or no longer functioning correctly, blood pools in the veins rather than flowing normally. The pressure of the pooled blood causes the veins to swell and bulge, changing their color to a deep blue or purple and making the skin around them look quite mottled.

There are various options for Boise reticular vein treatment if modifying your lifestyle isn’t helping.

Varicose veins can be particularly painful during the colder months. We might make our varicose veins worse by engaging in certain behaviors or refraining from others.

The ups, the downs, and the ugly of varicose veins

Fortunately, your vein valves may find it easier to handle the increased pressure from the blood in your legs, ankles, and feet when the temperature is lower, as cooler temperatures can make veins less noticeable than in the summer.

As a result, you shouldn’t have as many cramps, as much swelling, or as much agony. Great!

Since longer sleeves and pants are more common in cooler temperatures, people tend to feel less self-conscious about showing off their veins.

On the flip hand, many of us are far less motivated to go outside and be active when it’s chilly. We’d rather remain inside, bundled up, and watch TV. If you don’t move around often, your blood stops moving as efficiently and starts accumulating in your varicose veins.

The seasonal weight increase that many Australians endure owing to inactivity and ‘comfort food’ eating poses a problem for varicose veins.

A hearty, heart-warming supper is a welcome sight on a chilly winter evening, but if you don’t work off those extra calories with regular exercise, your body will have to work harder to pump blood through your veins and back to your heart.

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