When it comes to varicose veins, our bodies can be impacted in a variety of ways. More commonly known risk factors of varicose veins include smoking, inactivity, and bad diets. These three symptoms typically are on the forefront of things we need to avoid when we have varicose veins. Another factor that is less talked about is drinking. We see alcoholic beverages everywhere we turn, but nowhere is the issue of varicose veins being discussed in conjunction. Drinking can directly impact our bodies through every major organ. This is especially true when you have varicose veins, as it can make any preexisting condition much worse. Here is what you need to know about alcohol and varicose veins:

How Alcohol Impacts the Circulatory System

It is common knowledge that a healthy heart is of vital importance to the body. Pressure inside the veins and on the vein valves can increase significantly when we enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Heavy drinking can make it more difficult for blood to flow back from our lower extremities. This can cause the blood to start pooling in your legs, making your varicose veins more noticeable. Secondly, drinking can impact your liver, causing it not to filtrate as efficiently. Your blood may become more viscous, causing even further stress on your hardworking veins. These direct impacts to your veins can cause symptoms of varicose veins to become more pronounced and cause pain and discomfort.

Varicose Veins and Alcohol

As mentioned, varicose veins are directly impacted by drinking, even if it is not the direct cause. The evidence that is provided shows that varicose veins will only become worse the more you drink. This can be reduced by cutting back or not drinking in general. Medical consultations can show and help you create a better health plan so you can reduce any symptoms of varicose veins. Make sure to tell your technician how your varicose symptoms feel during your next checkup.

Your Time for Varicose Vein Help

If you need help with your vein issues, you should reach out to schedule a free consultation. We will create an individual plan based upon your health needs. Call our office today and see how our varicose vein treatments can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms today.

Dr. Eric Seiger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who has been offering innovative, expert medical solutions since graduating from New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Throughout his career as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, Dr. Seiger has been frequently published in medical journals for his development of new techniques for the safe removal and treatment of veins.