As winter comes to a close and spring draws near, many people are already planning their Spring break vacation. However, for those who suffer from varicose veins, the idea of a long road trip cross country or a flight that lasts longer than a few hours can be extremely daunting.
By Plane or By Car
Any kind of prolonged sitting worsens the symptoms of varicose veins, whether that be on an airplane, stuck in a car, or on a particularly long train ride. Thankfully, trains allow you the opportunity to get up, walk around, and stretch your legs – a luxury not quite afforded on certain flights or car rides.
On planes and car rides, the longer you sit, the greater the risk and increased likelihood that you may develop a blood clot. A specific risk for those who fly is the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, which can be harmful.
It’s important to move. If you’re traveling by car, make sure to make frequent stops to stand and walk around for a bit. Plans can be a bit trickier-walk around at the airport before and after the plane ride. Depending on how long the plane ride is, be sure to stretch your legs out as much as you can and take bathroom breaks during the flight.
Tips for Traveling with Varicose Veins
Thankfully, there are ways to help manage the risk and discomfort of varicose veins while you’re traveling.
- Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout your journey.
- Walk. If you are permitted to get up and move around the cabin, do so. As you sit, blood pools in your legs, so moving around can improve circulation.
- Compression stockings. Although compression stockings are not a long-term solution, during shorter slights, they can help tremendously.
- Stretch. If you don’t have enough room to stretch your legs out, wiggle your feet and toes every few hours and massage your calf muscles periodically to increase circulation.
- Avoid alcohol on or before the flight. Drinking increases your heart rate, putting even more of a strain on your veins. Alcohol also affects your liver. Your liver’s primary function is to filter your blood to remove toxins from the body, which may further aggravate your varicose veins.
A Travel Essential: Vanexxe
Suffering from varicose vein issues while you’re traveling is a hassle – it’s painful and it can be embarrassing. When the cause of your misfortune is unavoidable, the prospects of a solution can seem impossible. However, a solution is right around the corner. Vanexxe is the world’s top topical lotion for reducing the appearance of bulging, varicose veins – absolutely no surgery required! All it takes is a few minutes of applying Vanexxe to any problem areas and in less than 60 minutes you will have astonishing results. At just 1 fluid oz. (30 mL), you’ll have no issues bringing Vanexxe with you on all of your trips, even if you’re traveling by plane! Say goodbye to painful, unsightly varicose veins and hello to the joys of all of the adventures that your travels will bring you.