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Why Winter Is the Best Time To Treat Varicose Veins

Do you have rope-like veins bulging from your legs? Do they cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as throbbing, cramping, or burning? If so, you could be one of the 30-60% of Americans who suffer from venous disease in your legs. 

Our board-certified surgeon, Jacob Rinker, MD, FACS, leads our team at Wyoming Medical Associates in Gillette and Casper, Wyoming, with the highest level of expertise and care for your varicose veins.

Causes of varicose veins

Several factors play a role in causing your varicose veins. Unfortunately, in many cases their development can be blamed on heredity. If only one of your parents has varicose veins, you have about a 40% chance of getting them. If both of your parents have them, your risk increases to 90%.

Other causes include:

Oddly enough, your symptoms related to varicose veins can escalate during the winter months. If you notice heightened sensitivity to your vein issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rinker and our team as soon as possible. 

Why your varicose veins increase in the winter

The cold season of winter affects your venous leg disease due to several factors, including:

Dry skin

The winter months usually lead to dryer skin, which can make you scratch your legs and possibly break the skin where your veins bulge. This can cause bleeding, which you want to avoid.

Lack of activity

Exercise keeps your blood circulating, which is good for your legs. But the cold season of winter can keep you inside and more sedentary, which can cause your varicose veins to become more inflamed. 

Eating more

Studies show that people gain an average of 5-7 pounds during winter. As you stay out of the cold, you tend to stay inside and eat more. Putting on weight puts more pressure on your varicose veins and can cause them to become more pronounced.

If you experience more noticeable issues with your veins, visit our practice for a comprehensive evaluation so we can customize a treatment plan for you. 

Varicose veins aren’t usually serious, but if you have any complications, you can run the risk of developing blood clots, inflammation, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be life-threatening.

For an evaluation of your varicose veins, contact Dr. Rinker and our team today to schedule an appointment at your preferred location. You can also take advantage of our convenient telehealth consultations.

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