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Is Your Job to Blame for Your Varicose Veins?

Occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing - like cosmetology - can exacerbate vein problems leading to varicose veins.

Occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing – like cosmetology – can exacerbate vein problems leading to varicose veins.

You eat right and exercise before or after work each day. Still, varicose veins have begun to mark your otherwise gorgeous gams. Could your job be to blame? Yes and no, sclerotherapy specialists say.

Multiple studies have shown that people whose jobs require them to sit or stand for long hours are at a significantly higher risk for developing varicose veins and related problems than are those whose jobs call for intervals of walking. Occupations commonly associated with leg vein issues include:

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Factory labor
  • Retail sales
  • Cosmetology

But it’s not the job that’s fully to blame. The truth is that vein valves can begin to fail as early as the teenage years. Weakened or failed valves don’t allow blood to be pumped back up the body toward the heart as normal. Instead, blood pools backward, filling those weakened veins causing them to bulge outward. All that sitting or standing simply exacerbates an existing problem, allowing the damage already caused by valve failure to accelerate and intensify.

If your job keeps you in one place on your feet or in a chair for extended periods of time, be sure to take advantage of breaks by taking brisk walks. When relaxing, sit or lie down with your feet raised above your heart level to take a bit of stress off your veins. Massage your calves and thighs daily and get plenty of cardiovascular exercise. If you smoke, nix the habit now. And adopt a diet that’s rich in vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, copper, fiber and bioflavonoids.

If you’re already seeing signs of spider or varicose veins developing, call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck and schedule a consultation with a sclerotherapy specialist today.

 

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