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Dr. Stephen Rivard

Medical Director and Founder of Illinois Vein Specialists -- Board Certified in Phlebology, i.e. the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
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Travel tips if you suffer Varicose Veins

Traveling can become a contributing factor to vein disease, this is because all the time we spend in the same position when we travel, the change of timing or humidity of the place, and pressure changes on long flights. We give you some tips you can consider while you travel, however if you do not suffer varicose veins yet, we recommend you to prevent them with this tips at the moment you travel. 

GET MOVING: When you sit for a long time without moving, you put your body at greater risk for Deep vein thrombosis which can be caused by venous insufficiency. So try to walk around at least every 3-4 hours, you will reduce your chances of developing DVT.

WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS: The most common symptom of varicose veins is swelling in the legs, although sudden onset of leg cramps, burning, redness, or tightness or bulging varicose veins are common warning signs as well.
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STAY HYDRATED: The high altitude and low humidity of cabin air can cause you to become dehydrated when you fly. Try not to drink large quantities of alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, and sodas, as a lot of these substances are actually diuretics which decrease your general hydration. Start increasing water your consumption while you fly instead.

SUPPORT GOOD CIRCULATION: Graduated compression socks can help support your circulation and reduce your feeling of restlessness, especially if varicose veins are common in your family.

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Everything you need to know about spider veins.

 

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Is diabetes linked with varicose veins?

There does not seem to be a direct link between diabetes and varicose veins, but because the two diseases share risk factors, it is not uncommon for a patient with one of these diseases to experience the other later down the line.

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Varicose veins vs spider veins

Varicose veins can be visible on the surface of the skin as large, ropey or bulging veins and are present anywhere from the groin down to the ankle.  However, varicose veins can exist even if no visible signs are present.  Spider veins are small red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn and are easily visible on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually present near the ankles and knees. Venous Hypertension

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How varicose veins affect my daily life

Varicose veins are a type of vein disease. It occurs when the veins, which carry blood from the extremities back to the heart, fail. The pressure is too strong for the valves that guide the flow of blood through the vein up to the heart. When the valves fail, the blood cannot continue its journey and expands, changing its shape and size. This causes the blood to remain stagnate in the extremities and could potentially cause leg ulcers, neuropathy, and poor healing in the extremities, especially after hip or knee surgery. In severe cases, varicose veins can cause heart problems, develop into deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or blot clots, known as pulmonary embolisms (PE), which can be fatal. In a few words it can cause you death if you do not treat them correctly. 

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