ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
CAREGIVING
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins

SATURDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Your legs may be hidden by snow pants this time of year, but women who have spider or varicose veins know all to well that warmer weather -- and more revealing clothing -- is just around the corner.

"Due to some predisposed conditions, varicose and spider veins may be inevitable for some people," Dr. Robert Weiss, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, said in a news release from the organization. "However, there are many preventative measures and medical techniques available to diminish the appearance and pain associated with these vein conditions."

Weiss offered the following tips:

* Listen to your body. Though often more of a cosmetic concern, varicose and spider veins can cause such complications as fatigue, night cramps, leg swelling or itching around certain veins. Contact a dermatologic surgeon if you have any of these symptoms.
* Stay active. Walking, cycling, swimming and other activities keep blood circulating in the legs, helping to reduce pressure and blood pooling. Long periods of standing or sitting places pressure on the veins. Changing positions or frequently flexing calf muscles can help with circulation.
* Keep a healthy weight. This will aid in the prevention of varicose and spider veins by eliminating the excess pressure on your legs that cause veins to surface.
* Wear compression stockings. Support hose keep pressure evenly distributed. But, be careful: Tight clothing around specific body parts, including the waist and groin, might restrict circulation and actually lead to spider and varicose veins.
* Be cool. Excessive heat associated with baths and hot tubs can increase vein swelling, causing blood to pool.

If you want to seek treatment, visit a dermatologic surgeon to learn what options are best for you. Weiss said to be especially wary of advertisements offering "unique," "permanent" or "painless" solutions.

More information

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has more about varicose veins.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, news release, January 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 24, 2009

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