by Lynne Adkins
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you have varicose veins, you know how uncomfortable they can be, and the cold temperatures can make things worse.READ MORE: Wyncote Man Sentenced To 2 Life Terms In July 2020 Murders Of Wife, Mother-In-Law
Winter can be a pain for anyone with varicose veins, according to Dr. Charles Dietzek, Medical Director of the Vein and Vascular Institute in Voorhees.
One reason is our skin gets so dry.
“During these winter months, if we start scratching at our skin we can cause these veins to break which can cause significant bleeding episodes. The other problem in the winter is we tend to be more sedentary, but in addition we tend to eat more and put on more weight,” said Dr. Dietzek.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Dragged 5 Blocks By Vehicle During Traffic Stop In West Philadelphia
He says exercise and a healthy weight are important to maintain good vein health.
He suggests if weather is an issue, a good walk up and down stairs and around the house, and to do heel lifts and toe curls when sitting.
If the veins become painful, see a doctor.
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