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Don’t let vein issues cramp your warm-weather style

As temperatures climb and days grow longer, we plan more fun outdoor activities and break out our warm-weather clothes. Unfortunately, for some people, leg pain and swollen veins prevent them from enjoying all this time of year has to offer. They struggle between choosing the comfort of wearing skirts and shorts while exposing embarrassing leg veins or enduring the discomfort of wearing long pants. However, there’s good news for those suffering from aesthetically displeasing spider veins or painful, swollen varicose veins.

While most spider-vein complaints are cosmetic, if left untreated, these veins will continue to worsen and typically cause painful symptoms like burning, itching and swelling. The best treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure can help eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the legs within just a few sessions. A sclerosant solution is injected into the affected veins. These treated veins eventually are absorbed and metabolized by the body, leaving smooth, beautiful legs.

Like spider veins, varicose veins also are a sign of weak or failing venous valves. In addition to their unsightliness, these bulging veins typically are already symptomatic. Individuals may experience swelling, aching and itching, a burning, throbbing and heaviness or changes to the skin color around the affected area. Thankfully, treatments of varicose veins are just as minimally invasive as those for spider veins. Both laser and injectable treatments are available.

Early intervention is not only important to get your legs looking their best for the warmer months, but it’s especially important for your health. Spider and varicose veins can indicate deeper venous issues that can lead to serious vascular health conditions. Patients can receive a comprehensive evaluation and specialized treatment plan by seeking out a vein specialist who is board-certified in all areas of the vascular system. Whether you suffer from unsightly spider veins or uncomfortable varicose veins, a well-qualified professional can help. It’s time to get back on your feet, feel and look better than ever and enjoy the great outdoors in comfort.

Dr. J. Keith Thompson is a board-certified, full-time vein specialist and medical director of the Vein Institute in Hattiesburg and serves on the Patient Education Committee for the American Venous Forum. Reach him at (601)336-8368 or via

Written by Dr. Keith Thompson

Dr. Keith Thompson is a full-time vein specialist and board-certified vascular surgeon. He is the director of the Vein Institute of South Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Reach him at (601) 336-8368.

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