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Tips for Comfortably Wearing Compression Stockings All Summer Long

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Tips for Comfortably Wearing Compression Stockings All Summer Long

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Ryan Rivard

stockingsWhether recovering from treatment, for prevention, or promoting efficient blood flow, wearing medical-grade compression stockings promotes healthy blood flow and reduces swelling, bruising, and soreness for people with varicose veins.

Wearing compression stockings works out well in the fall and winter when your legs are covered. But, when the temperatures begin to rise, many varicose vein sufferers are faced with a dilemma. Continue taking care of their legs or look and feel comfortable in the summer heat.

Good news – if you plan ahead and get creative, you won’t have to choose. Here are some tips for maintaining your veins all summer long:

  • Especially while traveling, take frequent breaks, and exercise your limbs. Try to arrange for a seat with extra legroom.
  • Wear loose clothing such as maxi dresses, skirts, and cargo shorts instead of tight-fitting clothing like skinny jeans.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
  • Use sunscreen whenever you are outside. Sunburn can increase the temperature of your skin and dilate your blood vessels, making them more vulnerable.
  • Punch up your summer wardrobe with lighter colors and sheer compression stockings that add a cool accent to your look.
  • Keep it cool with compression stockings with moisture-wicking fibers that help control moisture and temperature.
  • Expand your fashion options with compression garments that feature open toes, footless, thigh-highs, knee-highs, and leggings.
  • Take it easy on your alcohol intake as it can contribute to inflammation.
  • Stay cool indoors in air-conditioned spaces. With long, flowing dresses or lightweight pants, it is easy to stay comfortable and keep your legs supported without feeling out of place.
  • Wear loose, free-flowing fabrics like cotton or linen.
  • When choosing between lying on the beach in the sun or spending a day at an amusement park, remember that taking care of your body now will help you enjoy many more summers with friends and family – without the pain of varicose veins.
  • Get moving. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and take frequent walks, bike rides, and other cardiovascular exercises to keep your mind, body, and spirit in sync.

It is very important that you use your willpower and creativity to find ways to incorporate compression stockings into your summer wardrobe. The elevated temperatures we experience during the summer months can cause veins to dilate and increase swelling, making a bad situation worse. Having the support of compression hose to support efficient blood flow in the summer heat will benefit you for many years to come.

Make an appointment today with a vein specialist to get relief from your symptoms and say goodbye to varicose veins. Serving Chicago and the neighboring areas, the physicians of Illinois Vein Specialists are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. They have helped more than 10,000 patients, over the past decade by identifying, treating, and eliminating the effects of vein disease. Get off to a good start this spring, schedule a consultation with Illinois Vein Specialists today.



At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.



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