This is likely the most common myth told by doctors today. Not only is this untrue, it's just bad advice considering the potential side effects of leaving your varicose or spider veins untreated. Although doctors often say that if you feel no pain then you do not need to seek medical attention, varicose veins is definitely an exception to this rule. Unfortunately, if you have an underlying issue of venous insufficiency or venous hypertension (varicose veins) the pain resulting from this disease will increase over time and result in more serious damage to your body (e.g. venous leg ulcers (open wounds), even things like congestive heart failure). Furthermore, if your varicose veins are left untreated over time the vein values and connective tissue surrounding them will eventually die, then the real pain will occur. With proper treatment these symptoms can be eliminated.
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.
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.
Do you have a brownish or yellow discoloration on your legs? How about red, dry itchy areas? Everyone assumes this is a natural part of aging or from doing a lot of activities, but at Illinois Vein Specialists we know these can be signs of venous failure and we are experts at treating vein issues.