As the holiday song goes, “baby, it’s cold outside”! And if you’re already one of those individuals who can’t stand winter weather, the following information won’t exactly get you to change your mind. Winter, according to Saliha Cuvelek of Today’s Zaman, is “varicose vein season”. Perhaps, you never knew that such a condition was celebrated – and really it isn’t. It’s just that the cold seems to bring out the worst in us. Literally.
According to Cuvelek, winter weather tends to force those who would normally enjoy spending time outdoors to stay in. Instead of taking a walk in the park among other outdoor activities that are best enjoyed during the summer, people become more detached from their active lifestyles, she writes. This lack of exercise can sometimes result in health issues. Varicose veins, happens to be one of them.
“Varicose veins occur when the veins in our legs become dilated, thereby partially losing their ability to channel blood back to the heart,” writes Cuvelek, “Doctors state that varicose veins most often occur in the winter and that the best times to cure the condition are fall and winter.” She goes on to list a number of methods that people can try to avoid varicose veins.
Maintaining a healthy weight tops her list. Walking around with excess weight on your body puts stress on the veins in your legs. Varicose veins can often be the result of such stress. This is the main reason she refers to winter as “varicose vein season”. The less exercise you’re able to get in, the harder it is to remain varicose vein-free. She suggests exercising at least three or four times a week for at least half an hour each time.
Other suggestions for how to avoid varicose veins include not standing for extended periods of time, showering your legs with cold water in the evening, avoiding high-heeled shoes and as if you needed this advice – quit smoking! When all else fails, hope is still well within reach. There is a treatment available that is considered “the gold standard” when it comes to the removal of varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure that involves the injection of a “sclerosing” solution into unwanted veins. This process works differently than laser treatments. Once injected, the solution closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that cause varicose and spider veins to form. The closing of these veins cause them to disappear from sight.
Following a Sclerotherapy treatment, a patient’s leg is compressed with stockings or bandages which are generally worn for about two weeks. There is very little discomfort and the results are outstanding! Some patients may require more than one treatment, but this is always determined by a doctor based on a patient’s situation. Your best bet, of course, is to consult your doctor.
Of course, the professionals at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre are happy to assist you with any questions you may have about varicose and spider veins as well as the Scelerotherapy treatment that addresses them. They can be reached by dialing 403-358-5818. Here’s hoping we can get this winter to be the season of putting an end to your varicose veins!