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Sunburn, painful, varicose veins in thigh. Concerned

Hi. I went on a sunbed on Friday after just returning from 2 wks in the sun. I went in for 10 mins and a few hours after I went home, I realised that I had been badly burnt from my stomach down to my feet. The fans were not working properly on the bed (I later discovered). I was in a lot of pain but we t to the pharmacist the next morning who gave me some creams which helped a bit. Now 5 days later I noticed that I have 3 large varicose veins which have appeared on my right thigh. They are very purple/green and it it itchy. I have only one varicose vein on my left calf (from first pregnancy ten years ago) and that is fine and still the same. I am a bit concerned as to how quickly these 3 areas on the 1 leg have become very obvIous over only 1 day. I m 31yrs female. Meds: amitryptilyne, propranolol , metformin , quetiapine . I had used the sunbeds a few times before my holidays with no problems. Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 28 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014

Sunburns to your legs are known to be followed by the development of spider veins. Standing and sedentary occupations are definitely aggravating factors.

You can try to avoid long periods of standing or sitting. Elevate your legs to give your veins a "rest". Adjust your chair at work not to be too high, if you cannot, then put a few books under your feet. This will lessen the pressure on your thighs and thus the pressure on your veins. Try to keep your legs cool. You may consider wearing support stockings.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and Informative.
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