Colder months brings daylight saving time which means rising when it’s dark and going to sleep when it’s dark for us mid-westerners. We get a slight disruption in our biological clocks as we adjust. When we are out we bundle up with more layers of clothes. And sometimes don’t notice changes that may take place on our skin besides it getting dry and sometimes very itchy. And while those two things could be only winter related they could also be due to a more significant issue. They can be signs of a venous circulation issue. Many have compromised venous health and do not understand that while they feel fine, they actually could be feeling incredible.
For some time now, doctors have mistakenly informed their patients that varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. Unfortunately, for many patients, the notion that insurance would not cover their vein procedure means not seeking treatment. Not only does this misinformation lead a patient to ignore their symptoms of vein disease, but patients are often left feeling burdened by the potential out of pocket expenses. The result for many then generally results in waiting until the pain becomes unbearable or just putting treatment off all together. Although doctors may not try to intentionally mislead their patients, vein disease is a real disease and can lead to serious health effects the longer a patient waits to seek treatment.
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Q & A:
A typical question I get asked from patients as a vein professional, is whether blisters and/or scabs normally appear after varicose and spider vein treatment? The short answer is no, but some light discoloration is normal. Scarring and blistering after treatment should never be a concern for patients who undergo vein treatment.
Summer is over and you might be thinking the time is now to hide unsightly spider and varicose veins under long pants & baggy clothes. Contrary to this belief, fall and winter months are the perfect time to get your bulging and discolored veins treated before spring and summer is back. Because there are variety of minimally invasive procedures readily available, picking a treatment for your varicose and spider veins requires no inconvenience and little to no down time.