How Cold Weather Affects Your Veins
By the first official day of winter much of the country has already been experiencing the teeth-chattering temperatures. If you live in a part of the country where you are knee-deep in cold weather, and you have varicose veins or spider veins, you may notice some changes to your condition.
Cold temperatures can cause veins to shrink, making it easier for the valves inside the veins to function properly. This should mean fewer cramps and swollen ankles. Still, the winter weather presents some challenges to managing varicose veins. Some factors to be aware of include:
- Weight Gain
- Cold weather
- Change in atmospheric pressure
Counter the Cold: Treat Your Veins
Here are a few ways to keep the symptoms of varicose veins in check:
- Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before going to bed
- Eat foods high in fiber for good circulation
- Stretch throughout the day
- Massage your ankles and lower legs when possible
Vein Care Treatment in Norfolk, Nebraska
As a Midwesterner, you are all too familiar with the trials of winter. And if you experience varicose veins, the cold weather can increase your discomfort. So why not make this season the last season you endure with varicose veins?
At Family Medicine and Vein Clinic in Norfolk, Nebraska, we pinpoint the source of your vein problem to effectively treat varicose and spider veins. Our vein specialist Dr. Fennessy can help you - call (402) 316-4320 or click here to learn more about our vein clinic today!