The Effects of Traveling on Your Varicose Veins – and What to Do

Whether contemplating a vacation or when traveling for business, many people are concerned about the effects of traveling on their varicose veins or spider veins. The problem with most forms of travel including flying, taking a train, or driving is that there are typically extended periods of standing and sitting. Maintaining a static position for prolonged periods of time reduces the blood flow in the body and can increase the chances of clotting. However, this shouldn’t put you off taking an exotic vacation.

In fact, the concern of many who fly is the risk factor for developing DVT or deep vein thrombosis since both DVT and varicose veins are conditions that affect vein health. DVT is a blood clot that forms within a deep leg vein and can become life-threatening if it dislodges and travels to the lungs.

During a flight, changes in cabin pressure could encourage blot clots to dislodge, but by consulting a vein specialist doctor who can evaluate varicose veins to determine if they’re symptomatic of DVT, it is possible to reduce these risks. In addition, this evaluation could be especially important during pregnancy or when on oral contraceptives as these are additional risk factors.

While varicose veins may increase your risk of developing DVT, the chances are still very low, particularly if measures are taken throughout the flight to reduce the risk. These may include items, such as changing positions frequently, wearing compression stockings and loose clothing, which the doctor can advise.

If you are concerned about the effects of traveling on your varicose veins or spider veins, and how they might impact your life and health, you can easily have them treated and removed. Vein removal surgery today offers two highly-effective options to consider including endovenous laser thermal ablation and sclerotherapy. These gentle therapies are typically completed in the office, within just minutes per leg.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding the effects of traveling on your varicose veins, advice, or treatment solutions, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:

Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550or visit us at

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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