Cold Weather and Varicose Veins
As a Midwesterner, you are all too familiar with the chilling temperatures of winter. If you have varicose veins, you may experience some changes to your condition during this time. Surprisingly enough, the cold weather may bring some relief to those aggravated veins.
Things to Consider During the Cold
Lower temperatures tend to shrink veins making it easier for the valves inside the veins to function properly. In return, this promotes better blood flow and alleviates symptoms like cramping and swelling.
During the winter, people tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately less activity along with lower atmospheric pressure can impede circulation in the body. Additionally, with the holidays around the corner, try to limit salty foods which can increase swelling.
Suggestions to Counter the Cold
- Stand up or walk around to keep blood flowing
- Elevate your legs when possible
- Massage your ankles and legs to promote circulation