Does Weather or Altitude Affect Varicose Veins?

Does Weather or Altitude Affect Varicose Veins?

Unlike certain health conditions that seem to improve in warmer weather (i.e. arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.), varicose veins tend to worsen in hotter temperatures. During the summer months, you may experience some of these worsening symptoms. Patients often report their legs feeling heavier or fuller than normal when it’s hot outside. This feeling is usually attributed to sweat and a loss of salt from your body. When you sweat, your body loses salt, which disrupts the body’s fluid balance. This causes your veins to retain fluid and swell. As a result, most patients will experience swelling, cramping and a slight pain in the legs during summer or while in warmer climates.

In regards to changes in altitude, your veins should not experience significant changes, if any at all. Some patients may report swelling and cramping in their legs while flying, but this phenomenon usually occurs from being seated in one position for an extended period of time, not a change in altitude. Overall, atmospheric pressure and altitude have very little affect on your veins because the body can adjust quickly to new elevations.

Although changes in weather may cause worsening symptoms for your varicose veins, there are things you can do to limit these effects. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, especially if you live in Arizona. Staying hydrated and keeping cool will limit the amount you sweat, which will ensure your water and salt levels stay under control. Be sure to implement regular exercise and a balanced diet into your daily routine to boost the overall health of your veins as well. If you’re suffering from uncomfortable varicose veins, call Palm Vein Center today.

A physician will perform a number of vein screenings to determine the severity of your condition. Then, the physician will work with his team to design a treatment plan that is right for you! Treatment may include conservative therapies such as exercise, a healthy diet, compression stockings and elevation, as well as a minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedure. Call Palm Center Vein in the West Valley today to effectively manage your varicose veins!


  • Many health conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain, are affected by changes in weather.
  • Although varicose veins are not usually symptomatic, there are instances where a change in the weather or altitude will worsen symptoms.
  • Vein specialists of Palm Vein Center provides answers regarding whether or not weather and altitude affect varicose veins.

Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!