Summer is here, and that means it’s the time to break out the margarita mixers and lounge chairs and work on that tan.
Most people are aware of the danger to the skin from excessive exposure to the sun, such as skin cancer, aging skin, and sunspots. They invest in quality sunscreens before going out during the day to prevent any damage to the skin from the UVA and UVB rays.
But did you know that prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can increase the likelihood of spider veins and worsen an existing vein condition?
Sun, heat, and vein disease
Many people with spider veins try tanning their skin to hide the ugly purple marks. However, exposure to the sun can cause spider veins, which makes tanning counterproductive. The collagen under the surface of the skin starts breaking down the moment you step out into the sun with unprotected skin. This causes the veins in your face, arms, and legs to pop up and become more prominent.
The sun can also increase the chances of vein disorders such as varicose veins and worsen an existing varicose veins condition. The heat from the sun causes the veins to dilate and enlarge. The condition is called venous distention. This allows more blood to flow in the veins than ideal, resulting in large swollen veins that often hurt.
Protecting your veins from the sun
Just because you have weak veins or an existing venous disorder that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. However, they are some precautions that you should take to avoid aggravating your veins.
- Dress right to block the sun and avoid exposing excessive amounts of skin especially if you have vein disease.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more at least 15 minutes before heading out.
- Don’t stay out in the sun for too long to keep your body from overheating.
- If you underwent a vein procedure recently, avoid going out altogether until you get the green light from your vein specialist. This will speed up your recovery period and ensure effective healing.
Consult a Professional Vascular Specialists in New York:
Varicose Veins Doctors New York provides several innovative and minimally invasive vascular treatments using the latest medical technology. Our certified vascular experts offer specialized treatment plans for mild to severe venous disorders using the latest ultrasound technology to evaluate the condition of your veins. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how to protect your veins from the sun and other harmful conditions.
Call 212-906-9111 today to schedule a vein assessment appointment and ensure healthy veins and optimal circulation!