It’s the height of summertime and it’s hot. The blazing sun and 90˚F+ temperatures can actually make some symptoms of vein disease worse.

Here are four early signs of venous insufficiency you should watch out for this summer:

Early Sign #1: Edema or Swelling

Even if you don’t typically experience edema, you might notice your legs swelling during the hot summer months. Swollen legs can be caused by a few things, but it is one of the most common symptoms of varicose veins.

Early Sign #2: More Fatigue & Heaviness

The summer heat also makes that dull, heavy feeling in the legs worse. Many patients complain of increased fatigue in one or both legs as well.

Early Sign #3: Bulging Veins

When the valves in the blood vessels of the legs are no longer able to adequately regulate the flow of blood back upward toward the heart, it begins to pool in the vein. This is what causes the bulging, swollen veins known as “varicose veins,” which can be made worse in the summer.

Early Sign #4: Cramping or Aching

It’s not very comfortable for your legs to be holding all of that extra fluid. Another early sign of venous insufficiency is a cramping or aching feeling in the leg, which often comes from the backed up fluid and increased pressure on the veins.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, call us to scheduled your free consult with Dr Johnson!