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5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or the color of your skin. They are often found on thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. They can be painful and damaging to the body, as well as your self esteem. Here are some ways you can try to avoid the development of varicose veins.

Avoid prolonged sitting or standing
Sitting or standing long periods of time can make it hard for your blood to travel through the veins in your legs against gravity. This will increase the pressure in your veins, and eventually cause your blood to pool around your ankles, feet, and calves. Moving around will decrease this pressure and improve your blood circulation.

Exercise
Exercise will also help promote healthy blood circulation throughout your body. You can try simple things like walking more, even 10 minutes on your lunch break or after dinner. Running, yoga, calf flexors, and mountain climbers are also good ways to exercise and increase your blood flow. Keeping your weight under control will also help you prevent vein-related issues.

Wear compression stockings
Compression stockings help promote blood circulation, prevent blood from pooling, and can reduce pain and swelling caused by already developed varicose veins. These compression stockings work for both prevention and treatment of varicose veins.

Wear loose-fitting clothes
Tight clothes can restrict your range of motion and your blood flow, so you want to avoid that as much as you can. Stick to looser clothing so your veins remain healthy.

See a dermatologist
Medical dermatology can help you with varicose vein therapy when treatment is needed. Medical dermatologist offer treatments like Sclerotherapy, Micro Phlebectomy, and Endovenous Ablation so you can start to get rid of your varicose veins.

An estimated 20 to 25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, according to the American Society for Vascular Surgery. To avoid the development of varicose veins, don’t sit or stand for too long, exercise, and avoid tight clothes. If you have varicose veins and want to get your skin and your confidence back, visit a dermatologist today for treatment.

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