If you have noticed spider or varicose veins, you may be wondering how they got there. But more importantly, you are probably wondering how you can get rid of them! Read on for some information on spider and varicose veins, how to prevent them, and what you can do about them.
What Causes These Veins?
There are two different kinds of veins: spider veins and varicose veins. Varicose veins bulge out from just under the skin. Spider veins are those little blue and purple squiggly lines that may resemble spider webs. Varicose veins are usually found on the feet or legs. While spider veins are usually found on the legs, they can appear anywhere. Both types of veins might cause some discomfort. Spider veins aren’t dangerous, and varicose veins typically aren’t either. However, they can be a sign that you are at risk of serious health problems, such as blood clots. Both spider and varicose veins are found more often in women than in men. Fluctuating hormone levels, sitting or standing all day every day for years, and often sitting with legs crossed for long periods are all causes of leg veins. They may also be inherited.
How Are these Veins Treated?
To prevent leg veins, make sure that you don’t sit or stand for too long! Just walking around every hour or so can help. Getting regular exercise, protecting yourself from the sun, losing excess weight, and adopting a low-salt diet can help as well.
If these treatments don’t seem to be helping much, laser vein treatment or sclerotherapy may be the answer. In sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the vein, which causes it to eventually fade away. In laser vein treatment, a laser is used. It emits high energy, which is absorbed by the problem vein, causing it to collapse. This technique is popular because it is noninvasive and it gets rid of veins very quickly.