Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Semih Barlas said that the complaints of people with varicose veins may increase in hot weather, and that they can solve this problem in a very short time, without anesthesia and without causing damage to the leg, with new technology treatment methods. Barlas made suggestions to reduce the problems that those with varicose veins may experience during the summer months.

Why does hot weather worsen varicose veins?

There are valves inside the veins in the legs that allow the dirty blood to move from below to the heart. Hot air expands these veins. The enlargement of the veins increases the pressure on the valves and weakens them. Caps that lose their power cannot do their job properly. Instead of advancing the blood towards the heart and lungs, they cannot prevent some of it from flowing back (‘venous insufficiency’). The blood starts to pool in certain areas of the veins. This leads to an increase in the number of unwanted varicose veins on the legs, darkening their color and increasing their diameter.

What can you do for your heirs?

Beware: If you are going out during the hours of intense sun rays and heat, choose clothes that will protect the varicose areas on your legs or provide protection with high factor creams.

Stay cool: When you are outside, prefer shaded areas or air-conditioned places as much as possible. If you have a chance to swim, remember that it will be good for you both for your varicose veins and for your blood circulation. Wash your feet with cold water before going to bed in the evening.

Use sneakers: The good functioning of the calf muscles ensures that the dirty blood in the legs is carried to the lungs to be cleaned. High heels immobilize these muscles. Try to wear flat, orthopedic, sneakers if possible. Reserve high heels for special occasions.

Take liquid: By consuming a lot of water or fluids during the day, you will both keep your body cooler and contribute to your circulation. Remember, insufficient fluid intake will thicken your blood and increase the risk of blood clots forming in your legs.

Avoid hanging: During periods of inactivity, try to raise your legs, or at least to lengthen them. When you go to bed at night, put a pillow under your feet.

Wear healthy socks: Most people do not like to wear socks in the summer. But if you have varicose veins on your legs, remember that compression stockings will be of great benefit to you. Today’s compression stockings are very different from the compression stockings that the ancients described as ‘granny stockings’. It is possible to find it in many different colors and patterns. They do not prevent the leg from airing. They have a ‘gradual pressure’ feature as more pressure at the ankle level is produced to decrease as you go up. This creates a massage effect on our legs from the bottom up. Depending on the outfit you wear, you can choose from knee length, to the crotch or with panty.

Eat healthy: Reducing your salt consumption and getting rid of your excess weight will reduce the swelling in your legs and lighten the weight on your legs.

Use artificial tanner: If you have not been treated for varicose veins or if you have not got rid of your varicose veins, do not try to burn under the sun. Remember that trying to get a bronze leg will make your problem worse. If you absolutely want to go around with a tinted leg, do this with cosmetic/artificial bronzers.

Investigate the solution to the problem: Varicose veins is a health problem that can be treated in all seasons with developing technologies. It is possible to perform the underlying venous insufficiency disease with Endovenous Truncal Ablation (‘EVTA’), Chemical Ablation Under Doppler (DGS) methods, without the worry of summer and winter. It is best not to use Superficial Foam Sclerotherapy (VFS) and Superficial Laser (VL), which are used for the treatment of thin capillaries in the legs, preferably not to coincide with the summer period or to protect the treated areas from the sun.

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