Spider veins and varicose veins are considered to be unsightly by most people. In a previous blog, we discussed the difference between spider veins and varicose veins. To recap, varicose veins can be potentially harmful to your health if they are left untreated, while spider veins don’t pose any serious or significant health concerns. Nonetheless, the majority of spider vein sufferers prefer to do something about them through treatment. Did you know that you can reduce the appearance of spider veins at home? With some minor lifestyle changes, the visibility, symptoms, and the recurrence of veins can be resolved on your own. Natural remedies are usually only effective for people that have been living with the condition for a short period and don’t show signs of any serious symptoms. For instance, veins that are warm to the touch, tender, and painful require medical attention and a more intensive treatment might be necessary.
Try removing newly discovered spider veins at home with any of these remedies:
- Apple cider vinegar: Improve blood flow and circulation easily with apple cider vinegar (ACV) as well as easing the pain and swelling. All you’ll need to do is saturate a washcloth with raw, unfiltered ACV. Place the cloth over the affected area for about 20 minutes, 2-3 times a day for several days. To increase the effectiveness, add a couple of teaspoons of ACV to a glass of water, stir well, and drink two glasses daily. ACV has many other health benefits, too, so this may not be a bad habit to get into.
- Horse chestnut: If you haven’t heard of horse chestnut, it’s an herb that helps to strengthen veins and is proven effective to reduce discomfort due to the anti-inflammatory properties. Horse chestnut comes as a gel and is applied to the affected area twice daily.
- Witch hazel: Another easily obtainable herb that helps strengthen blood vessels and decreases the appearance of spider veins is witch hazel. A simple solution is steeping half of a cup of witch hazel leaves in a cup of hot water for ten minutes. Remove the leaves and let the water cool. Soak a cotton ball in the witch hazel water and apply to the affected area for 15 minutes, twice daily.
- Ginger: Ginger is known to improve blood circulation and break up fibrin which is a protein in the blood that develops when veins are injured. Using fresh ginger, cut a one-inch section of ginger root into thin slices and add to two cups of boiling water. Simmer on low heat for ten minutes. Strain, add a little bit of honey, and enjoy 2-3 times a day.
- Exercise: The leading cause of spider veins is poor blood circulation. Increasing your movement throughout the day and exercising on a regular basis improves your veins’ strength.
- Elevation: Spider veins that are in hands and legs can be elevated for 15-minute increments, 4-5 times a day. Elevation relieves the pressure and discomfort.
- Compression Stockings: For spider veins in the legs and calves, compression stockings that are worn daily will provide support, improve blood circulation, and relieve discomforting symptoms. There are several different types of stockings, so be sure to seek advice from a doctor to make sure you purchase the correct pair.
- Sunscreen: Overexposure to sunlight can increase the chances of getting spider veins and make the color in the existing veins deeper, making it more difficult to remove their symptoms.
Spider veins can develop at any age, to many different people, caused by a variety of reasons. In addition to natural and home remedies, breaking some bad habits and creating healthier ones can help alleviate discomfort and spider veins’ unsightly appearance are:
- Wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing
- Reduce your salt intake and stay hydrated with water and green tea on a daily basis
- Avoid sitting and standing in the same position
- Avoid crossing your legs when sitting
If you have followed any of these solutions to spider veins at home, and you are still struggling with the discomfort, and undesirable appearance, it’s time to contact the experts in spider vein treatment at Venocure. Set up a consultation for spider vein removal and contact our clinic in Dearborn or Brownstown today!