Maybe your holiday trip is approaching or you’re about to set off to visit a relative or a friend who lives far away. But as much as you’re excited about this little reunion, if you suffer from varicose veins, you might be anxious, as well. No matter what the means of transportation, trips that involve long periods of sitting and often long waits in lines can intensify the discomfort and pain you feel. If you haven’t considered the removal of varicose veins Los Angeles yet, take necessary precautions and get some relief while traveling.
Risk of blood clots and long travel
A long-distance travel is defined as a travel lasting more than 4 hours, by plane, car, ship or train. For people with vein disease, certain conditions coupled with long journeys may increase the risk of developing a blood clot. And when a blood clot forms in one or several deep veins, a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the risk.
Most people who develop a travel-related blood clot have some of these risk factors:
- Age (risk increases after the age of 40)
- Recent surgery or hospitalization
- Obesity (body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2)
- History of previous blood clots
- Genetic predisposition to blood cloths
- Estrogen use (oral contraceptives) and hormone replacement therapy
- Pregnancy and the postpartum period
- Certain types of cancer
- Serious medical illness (such as congestive heart failure or inflammatory bowel disease)
- Limited mobility
- Catheter placed in a large vein
- Varicose veins
Warning signs of blood clots
About half of people with deep vein thrombosis experience symptoms in the affected part of the body, which is usually the leg or arm. The other half have no symptoms at all. These are common warning signs:
- Swelling of the ankles, calves, arms or legs
- Discoloration or redness of the skin
- Leg/arm pain or tenderness
- Increased warmth in the affected limb
Protect yourself during travel
There are, however, simple preventative measures you can take that will boost your circulation, reduce the risk of blood clots and make you feel comfortable during your trip:
Stretch your legs. Keep circulation going by doing small exercises like rotating your ankles while you’re in your seat. Stretch legs and change positions frequently. Do it as much as possible, especially if you can’t get out of your seat. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. It will hamper the blood flow. You can also lift your heels like you’re getting on your tippy toes. If possible, get out of your seat to stretch your legs every few hours.
Dress smart. Avoid tight jeans. Wear something more comfortable instead. You wouldn’t want your veins to get constricted during the trip. Also, avoid tight clothing in the waist area. It increases pressure on the abdomen and interferes with the ability of your blood to circulate properly.
Wear compression stockings. If didn’t have a removal of varicose veins Los Angeles and you plan to travel, consult your doctor about wearing compression stockings. These are tight socks that gently squeeze your legs to improve the blood flow. They come in different strengths and sizes, so your doctor will advise you on the best option for your condition.
Drink plenty of water. You should avoid alcohol and other beverages. They can cause dehydration, which will slow your circulation and increase the risk of developing blood clots. Drinking water before, during and after the trip helps you stay hydrated.
Removal of varicose veins Los Angeles
If you’re concerned about your vein disease, you should consider your treatment options. If you need a minimally invasive and highly efficient removal of varicose veins Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Vein Institute is your number one choice. Call (310) 853-5850 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We specialize in non-surgical treatments and are fully committed to helping our patients feel well and look their best.