People who sit for a long time during travels by air or road, or people with extended bed rest, smoke, have cancer, are overweight, obese, pregnant or have had surgery are at risk of experiencing swelling in the leg.
This condition known as DVT(Deep vein thrombosis); is a blood clot that forms inside a vein and it is usually deep within the leg.
Research estimates that 60,000-100,000 Americans die of DVT/PE (also called venous thromboembolism) and among people who have had a DVT, one-half will have long-term complications (post-thrombotic syndrome) such as swelling, pain, discoloration, and scaling in the affected limb
10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis. Common symptom of DVT may include swelling, redness and tenderness or pain in the area of the clot. But sadly, about half of those with DVT get no warning signs.
While you making travel plans for the festive season, consider the following especially if you travelling for as long as 4 hours or more
- Avoid tight clothing.
- Drink lot of water.
- Walk around at least every couple of hours.
- While you are seated, stretch and move your legs.
- Clench and release your calves and thighs.
- With your toes on the floor, lift and lower your heels.
- If you are already suffering from DVT, get your doctors prescription for a compession socks
- You may need to stay awake long enough to keep your muscles moving to aid good blood circulation.
- Avoid alcohol or sleeping pills
- At arrival, you can go for sight seeing by foot.
Wishing you a blissful yuletide season and remember to stay healthy.