ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
FITNESS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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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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