Show Your Veins Some Love This Winter

Women putting on compression stockings

As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, you may be feeling extra cozy and festive. But how are your veins feeling? Wintertime can often be a mixed bag when it comes to varicose veins and spider veins. Read on to learn about the best ways to care for your veins in the wintertime and why winter is the best time of year for getting vein treatment.

Winter Brings Special Conditions for Veins

In the winter, people tend to slow down their activity levels because there is less daylight and fewer opportunities for outdoor exercise. The holidays also bring a considerable amount of eating, lounging and being sedentary. This combination—less activity and greater caloric intake—can make varicose vein conditions worse. There may be less venous blood return to the heart and more pooling, with less movement. Any weight gain can also exacerbate varicose veins.

Another temptation during wintertime is to beat the cold by taking long, hot showers or baths or lounging in a hot tub. However, these activities can also increase varicosities.

To take care of your veins this winter, try to keep your activity level up. Wear compression socks to help with the return of venous blood to your heart. Also, try to avoid long periods of time in hot water to avoid vein swelling.

Why Vein Treatment in Wintertime Is Best

There are a few special conditions that make treating veins in wintertime optimal:

  • Cooler temperatures can make some vein conditions more pronounced, which means they are more visible and easier to identify and treat.
  • Wintertime is also a more comfortable time of year to wear compression socks. This means that after getting a vein treatment, you can apply these helpful tools without worrying about getting overheated. You can also be more discreet with your compression socks because they’ll be covered by pants.
  • Taking time to get your veins treated in the winter can also ensure that you’re feeling confident and ready to show off your legs when the warmer spring and summer seasons arrive.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins, make sure to contact The Vein Institute of Hunterdon today. Our providers are skilled at vein treatment, and they can get you feeling your best this winter.