Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins and though the phrases are used interchangeably, they are two different conditions. Spider veins lie below the skin surface; a series of broken blood vessels that can appear anywhere on the body, but more often than not, "crawl" up and down the legs and feet. Symptoms of this condition are not subtle. Swelling, muscle cramps, heaviness, throbbing, itching, and burning are painful indicators of spider veins. Although this vein abnormality may not always cause physical pain, the visual indicators are psychologically painful. Whether one's reason to treat this condition is cosmetic or physical, this article will provide tips on how to get rid of spider veins.
Poor circulation weakens blood vessels, blood vessels break down; broken down blood vessels create a web-like pattern under the skin's surface—spider veins are formed. Several factors contribute to the development of spider veins including heredity, age, hormones, surgery, sun exposure, injury, and even clothing choice; however, doctors have yet to pinpoint an exact cause. Spider veins affect women and aged than men and young. Treatments are as varied as the factors ranging from folksy solutions to surgical corrections. Thankfully, there are many home remedies to rid one of these crawling annoyances.
Compression stockings (commonly referred to as support hose) are the first line of defense in treating spider veins. Though it sounds counterintuitive, support hose are clinically proven to provide relief'gradual compression stimulates blood movement. Stockings are available in varying strengths with or without a prescription. Find a pair that fit comfortably. Remember this condition is symptomatic of poor circulation; therefore, support hose must be properly fitted. Too tight will make the problem worst.
Massage is a relaxing therapy to get rid of spider veins. Light to moderate massage increases circulation. Consult with a professional massage therapist and come up with a plan; the severity of the condition will dictate treatment. Experiment with frequency and intensity.
Exercise and nutrition are listed as a cure for many ailments; this time is no different. Make simple lifestyle modifications. Get moving. Add walking (even a short one) to the daily routine. Avoid crossing legs. Standing too long, sit. Sitting too long, stand. Learn yoga. Posing gets the blood moving. Reduce salt intake. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds will hinder blood flow and add pressure to the legs. Losing a few pounds through a healthy diet and exercise routine will go a long way to banish spider veins.
To conclude, there are many ways to correct this condition. The most common methods are support hose; massage therapy, and lifestyle modifications. This is a sampling of how to get rid of spider veins. Discuss these and other treatment options with a doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
how do i prevent/ get rid of varicose veins naturally?
my mum and gran both have really bad varicose veins on their legs and i really don't want them!
im 15 and i can see purple veins coming up on my feet!
i saw a tv programme and they had a natural remedies to get rid of them. does anybody know of this (it was called "grow your own drugs" UK)
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How do I get rid of these varicose veins over my limbs?
I've noticed some obvious-looking veins on my hands and feet and sometimes they seem unpleasant to look at them for me. Ok, I have to admit that I'm a bit underweight (110 lbs.; 5'4'' in height) and I kinda work a lot (I'm not talking about the gym; hence, a job and some house chores). Is there still a possible solution to get rid of these or at least to make them less obvious? Please tell me all about this. Thx a lot, guys ^_^
yes u can get rid of these veins. the 2 most known procedures are :
1. Injection treatment of varicose veins is possible for minor superficial varicose veins and for discoloured areas. Injections under ultrasound guidance are also useful for bigger varicose veins or recurrent varicose veins after previous surgery. Injection treatment with coil occlusion of veins is a new technology that may help and is under investigation and has good results over 5 years. Injection and coil treatment does not require hospitalization for more than a couple of hours. A few hours off work following treatment is all that is required. It is a 99.9% safe treatment the major complication being ulcer formation. Injection treatment is often used as a supplement to surgery for varicose veins.
2. Surgery is still the major means of controlling large varicose veins. Various investigations into the use of laser, electro coagulation,coil occlusionand valve repair have all failed to show any advantage over conventional surgical removal of the defective veins. Non-surgical methods of control of varicose veins however do have a place. Laser and electrocoagulation combined with injection treatment are effective but expensive. Coil occlusion of varicose veins combined with injection treatment appears to be effective for the long-term cure along with Laser and Electrocoagulation.
I have a problem with my varicose veins, I don`t know how to get rid of this?
I am female, 33 years old. I have so many varicose veins in my legs. I think I have all kinds of it. I already have it since college years and it`s getting more now that I have a one child. I noticed every time my feet soaked in water for long time, wearing heels, standing for long time and during rainy season I felt some pain on my legs. Specifically at the back portion of my knees. Does it something to do with my varicose veins? What shall I do from getting it worst? Thank you
There are several factors that favor the appearance of venous insufficiency (varicose veins, spider veins, heavy legs, pain in the legs...) in legs:
•a settled way of life,
• being overweight,
•a job that requires you to remain on your feet all days (hairdresser, salesperson..)
•number of pregnancies
•and, it can be hereditary
Respecting some basic hygiene and dietetic rules is sometimes enough to improve blood circulation in the legs. You will have to avoid:
•the heat (sunbathing, sauna, wax, hot bath...) for the heat dilates the vessels,
•wearing tight clothes,
•sitting or standing too long,
To help the venous circulation you can:
•exercise (walk, swim, ride a bike)
•sleep with your feet up on a pillow,
•take cold showers,
•wear support stockings,
•eat less fat and less simple sugars,
•eat wheatgerm, green vegetables and citrus fruits, that are full of vitamins. Eat foods that are rich vitamin E and C (antioxidants) can help fight against free radicals which are ageing factors of the venous walls.
Here are some alternative products that can help:
- herbal tea: cypress, gingko biloba, witch hazel, horse chestnut, gotu kola...
- Vein bioresonance card which is based on the principle of the alternative medicine of bio-energy.
im getting body builder like veins. how do i stop it from happening?
At first i thought they were varicose veins. but they dont look anything like varicose veins.
They are visible on my legs and my arms but they arent bumpy like varicose veins. It's like my skin's slightly transparent , which makes no sense because im not pale at all. in fact , im quite tan. i have a hispanic looking color if that makes it easier to imagine.
however they are bumpy on my hands and feet , which are also very bony. more bumpy on my feet , but i think thats because i dont wear supportive shoes even though im a runner and a tennis player
(i tend to wear dunlop volleys). but again , not like varicose veins , but more like body builder veins.
Im not a body builder and i dont do whey protein or anything -.- I dont even have a body builder body.
I do alot of cardio though (i am a runner :P)
how do i get rid of them?
and will i have to quit sport to get rid of them? because i really dont want to quit.
You just low body fat and it also depends on genetics so you're pretty much stuck with them. If you want it to be less visible i guess you can bloat yourself and get fatter but no one wants that lol.