Winter will be here before we know it! When cold weather arrives, our body’s circulatory system slows down. The circulatory system permits blood flow and the transport of nutrients throughout the body.
Learn more about how seasonal factors can affect our vein health.
Less Active in Cold Weather
Studies show that physical activity decreases among adults during winter compared to the warmer months.
Due to cold weather and now the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easier and often more appealing to stay cozy at home than travel to the gym. Yet the more time we spend sitting, the harder our veins have to work to pump blood to the heart.
Potential Weight Gain
Many people gain weight during the holiday season. Extra pounds can put undue pressure on the leg veins, also making it harder to pump blood. With more time being spent at home during the pandemic, you can take advantage of at-home exercise options to help maintain a healthy weight. Buy fresh produce and get the family involved in cooking nutritious meals!
Why Get Treatment in Winter?
There are several reasons to schedule varicose vein treatment in winter. One, limited sun exposure is recommended following most procedures. This can be much easier to accomplish during a New England winter, without the temptation of a summer beach day!
Two, you can keep your legs warm while encouraging blood flow to the heart with compression stockings. These garments are also easier to wear under winter clothing.
Three, when dressed for cold weather you can better manage the minor visual side effects that may come after varicose vein treatment, such as bruising, swelling and redness.
Do you find yourself with more downtime in the winter months? This timeframe could be the perfect opportunity to seek treatment before varicose vein symptoms worsen. If you’re experiencing leg pain, fatigue or swelling, contact us to schedule a consultation today.