Prevention of varicose veins
The prevention of varicose veins is especially important when you have a family history of varicose veins, or there are risk factors that can make suspect its possible appearance. We must, therefore, follow the recommendations to prevent blisters,especially if there are risk factors that you cannot avoid such as: inheritance, sex or pregnancy.
These are the ten tips for preventing varicose veins:
- Overweight: overweight, so prevalent in developed societies, should be avoided because it favors the appearance of varicose veins. Here you can find some more specific recommendations to take care of your diet in relation to your varicose veins.
- Constipation: it is necessary to control constipation. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits,legumes and cereals, better if they are comprehensive, favors the bowel movement,and fiber containing these foods captures water and makes the stool soft and bulky,which facilitates intestinal transit. Add-ins, such as flax seeds, rich in fiber, or a mildlaxative may be in case that this is not enough. If constipation persists you should consult your doctor.
- Exercise: exercise regularly, especially walking. The mobilization of the muscles of thelegs helps drive blood to the heart, avoiding that accumulate and can dilate the veins.It is also a good exercise up and down stairs instead of the elevator. The practice ofcycling and swimming are also good exercises for the legs. Here we suggest some specific exercises for controlling varicose veins.
- Footwear: avoid hunted flat or with heels, like which is very tight, because they hinderthe venous return and remaining effectiveness to the musculature of the legs.Spacious and comfortable, footwear with a heel of between 3 and 5 cm isrecommended. If you notice heavy legs, and even swell, it can serve relief use of progressive compression stockings.
- Clothing: Do not use clothes very therefore adjusted to compress certain areas,difficult venous return.
- Position: not to remain long standing without moving or sitting for a long time with crossed legs. Where for the work it is essential to do so, they must take short walksperiodically and change the position of the legs frequently and, whenever possible,put your legs up. It is advisable to sleep with slightly raised legs. Also avoid sitting with your legs hanging.
- Temperature: should avoid high temperatures, especially when they affect only the lower limbs, as fire pits or heaters directed at the legs, but also exposure to the Sun,the sauna, or very hot baths. Exposure to extreme cold is also unwise because,although in the first instance, it makes the veins to constrict and can relieve somesymptoms, then it gives rise to a venous dilation which aggravates the process.However, it is highly recommended to take in contrast showers legs, alternating water hot and cold for a few minutes.
- Massage: a good measure is a massage daily, lying down with legs raised, from the ankle to the thigh. It may be convenient, especially if stains have appeared, use a cream with an anticoagulant to try to make them disappear.
- Scratched: Although varicose veins often produce itching, no scratching, especially when the skin is weakened, as it can break a varicose vein or cause any wound, which get infected easily and tend to be difficult to cure. When itching, often due to the fact that skin dries, use a moisturizing or specific cream for varicose veins, which must always be prescribed by a professional.
- Hygiene measures: is recommended, especially when the skin is weakened, the daily cleaning with soapy water in the affected areas, to avoid the risk of infection. Whenulcers have appeared, cures by cleaning the area with saline, and applying ointmentscontaining healing substances and antibiotics should be made. Of course, thesemeasures must be established by the physician.