If you're a devout follower of Groundhog Day predictions, you might already have bathing suit season in your radar. I personally make it through the winter months by thinking about soaking in some sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, that is not the case for most people. Summer to some, is also known as vein season. That is, a time where the hot and sticky weather might require exposing bare legs affected by varicose veins.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, varicose veins are the bulgy veins you often see on older women or even your grandmother. Yes, this condition is often related to age and yes, women are more susceptible to getting them, though that is not always the case. But what most people don't know is that not only are the veins unsightly but they can also be quite painful. In severe cases, varicose veins can even result in the development of ulcers.

Fortunately, these bulging veins can be treated. Today, various procedures can be performed to treat these veins, from surgical stripping to minimally invasive alternatives such as endovenous ablation or sclerotherapy. As treatment awareness continues to improve, we can all finally look forward to what I hope to be a vari fun-filled summer!

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