5 Tips to Travel Without Varicose Vein Pain this Summer

February 10, 2018 • • Varicose Veins

Summer vacation season has arrived, and if you’re not careful, travel conditions and lifestyle changes can bring on painful varicose veins. Whether you’re traveling around the world or enjoying a local “staycation” in Mesa, use our expert tips to enjoy your summer activities without complications from varicose veins.

How Summertime Can Worsen Varicose Veins

Being on vacation, perhaps with different activities and routines than normal, means you should pay more attention to your vein health and proper circulation. This is especially true if you already have varicose veins or if they run in your family. Here’s how to avoid vein pain:

  1. Alternate sitting with standing and walking. If you’re enjoying a well-deserved rest this summer, you may find yourself sitting more. Sitting for long periods can create pressure on your veins, especially in the lower legs where venous reflux and varicose veins are most common. So, even if your schedule is less demanding in summer, make sure to break up long sessions of sitting with short walks.
  2. Don’t overdo it. For many, summertime is the more active season, with time for tennis, golf, taking friends out sightseeing, and other pursuits. Standing for long periods, or walking/exercising for long periods, can place pressure on veins and heart. If you’re walking or standing for long periods, remember to take breaks regularly to sit, cool down and put your feet up. 
  3. Stay hydrated for overall and circulatory health. In dry AZ heat, you sweat comparatively little and your body can become overheated more easily—especially in summer. Your body also needs water to keep blood flowing properly to prevent heart problems and vein disease, including varicose veins. Remember to drink water, and carry it with you as needed, whether you’re just visiting our area this summer or you’re a long term resident. If you’re traveling, you may be off your typical schedule—don’t let this make you forget to drink enough throughout the day. Alcohol and caffeiene are dehydrating, so consider limiting these and/or rehydrate after consuming them.
  4. Move around during plane travel. Beyond varicose veins, long flights can make you more vulnerable to dangerous DVT (deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot that can move to the heart or lungs). Be sure to get up and move when allowed during your flight. When sitting, flex and rotate your ankles to improve blood flow. If possible, avoid putting a bag under the seat in front of you, so you have room to move your legs. If you’re traveling by car, make frequent rest stops and take short walks to avoid blood pooling in your ankles and encouraging varicose vein development.
  5. Consider compression socks or stockings. If your vein doctor recommends these, the graduated pressure helps blood flow back up to the heart, against gravity, to help avoid vascular problems. 

Visit the Vein and Heart Health Experts in Mesa, AZ

Many issues contribute to the development of varicose veins, including genetic predisposition, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, hormonal changes and more. As your local vein specialists in Mesa, AZ, we want to help you enjoy your vacation and maintain lifelong vein health. For the most advanced and minimally invasive varicose vein treatment, contact Tri-City Vein Center today. 

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