Before you book your flights, consider which options will keep you sitting cramped in a seat for the least amount of time. If you are flying far, it may be worth your while to split it up – with a day of layover in another city along the way – to give your body a chance to recover.
Get moving – What’s the big deal? When you sit for a long time without moving, you put your body at greater risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This condition can occur from poor blood flow in the veins, causing blood clots that may dislodge and travel to the lungs. By limiting the time you stay seated – even by getting up to walk around at least every 3-4 hours – you dramatically reduce your chances of developing DVT.
Watch for symptoms – The most common symptom of DVT 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. Resist the urge to drink alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, and sodas – all of which are diuretics which decrease your hydration. Start increasing your water intake a day or so before your flight to ensure you don’t suffer the effects of dehydration.
Support good circulation – Whether you are a frequent business traveler or planning your family summer vacation, graduated compression socks can help support your circulation and reduce your feeling of restlessness – especially if varicose veins are common in your family.
Watch your weight – In addition to looking good on the beach, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercising regularly will help fend off many physical ailments, including vein disease.
Listen to your body – In addition to these tips for airline travelers, it is highly recommended that you stay in-tune with your body. If you experience frequent leg pain and or have bulging, dark-colored veins in your legs, it will be well worth your while to be evaluated by a board-certified Venous & Lymphatic Physician. Varicose veins will not improve without treatment. And, the good news is that the treatment is quick and easy and covered by most insurance plans.
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