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4 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins

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There’s no better time than now to seek care for your varicose veins as you don’t want to run the risk of letting symptoms go undiagnosed and untreated for too long — the repercussions can be quite serious.

Winter is a great time to get your varicose veins checked out by a vein specialist.

Why? Read on to find out.

Why Treat Your Varicose Veins This Winter

There are a number of reasons why the colder months are the ideal time to get your varicose veins treated. Here are our top four reasons:

Varicose veins reach a high in the winter

One of the leading causes of varicose veins is a sedentary lifestyle. The more time you spend either standing or sitting in the same place, the harder your veins have to work in order to pump blood to your heart.

And in the winter (for those of us who live in colder climates, at least), activity levels aren’t quite as high. It is much easier on many days to stay inside and watch a movie than to brave the cold to get in your car and head to the gym. Thus, varicose veins seem to suffer more during the winter months.

Learn more about how cold weather and air temperature affect varicose veins.

In addition, with the holidays and attending more social events and parties than normal, winter is a season that typically means gaining a few pounds, and that added pressure is never good news for your veins. Thus, rather than letting winter get the best of you and your veins, use this time to avoid that extra weight gain and get your varicose veins treated.

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Recovery goes more smoothly

During the winter months temperatures drop, daylight hours are shorter, and sunny days can be few and far between. And in the winter, people are less likely to engage in workouts such as running and other rigorous exercises. Studies show that “frequent exercise usually drops to its lowest point in December of each year.”

So, if you aren’t likely to engage in exercise much anyway, why not use this opportunity to get your veins treated??

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Limiting exposure to the sun is suggested following vein treatment. And that is much easier done in the winter than in the summer. In the winter, chances are your legs will be covered-up, making it easy to protect them from UV rays.

It’s easier to wear compression stockings

Compression stockings play a big role in helping to relieve symptoms of vein disease and recovery after treatment 

Compression stockings are different from your average knee-high or thigh-high stockings because they fit tightly at the ankle and gradually decrease compression at the top. By fitting this way, they help to promote blood flow back to your heart when your veins are unable to properly do so on their own.

And your chances of wearing compression stockings are much higher in the winter when you are able to hide them under your clothes. These stockings don’t exactly compliment a bathing suit on the beach very well, so opt to have your vein treatment done in the wintertime so that you can take advantage of the great help these stockings will provide. Pop them on under your pants or tights, and no one will even notice (except for you!).

More time for healing

Though there is not much pain involved with vein treatments such as sclerotherapy, you can expect side effects you may not want others to see including, but not limited to bruising, swelling, redness, or skin discoloration. Thankfully, it is much easier to hide the bruising and redness under the layers of winter clothes rather than attempting to do so by the pool.

Learn more about the side effects of vein treatment.

By opting to have your veins treated in the winter, you are giving yourself plenty of time to heal without exposing your treated areas to the sun and the public.

There’s no time like the present to get your veins treated — regardless of the season, you want to get to a vein specialist immediately to determine what your vein issues are and the best way to go about treating them. If that time happens to be the winter, you are in luck as the colder months lend themselves to a more convenient recovery time.

Ready to treat your varicose veins?

Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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