Spider veins are red, spider web-like marks on the skin caused by the widening of the small superficial veins located just under the skin. Spider veins can be found anywhere on the body but are particularly common on the legs and face. Although spider vein problems can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender and physical fitness, they become more common with older age, and there is a slight female predominance.

For some people, spider veins are not only a cosmetic issue but may also cause pain, itching and a dull or heavy feeling. The causes of spider veins are not fully understood but likely include increased pressure in the veins and vein valve malfunction due to a combination of hormonal, age-related and genetic factors.

Alternative Spider Vein Treatments

As spider veins are a sign of valve malfunction, the first step in treating spider veins at home should be to prevent further valve problems. This includes identifying any bad habits that can lead to increased venous pressure, such as prolonged sitting or standing, crossing your legs while sitting, not getting enough regular exercise and wearing high heels and tight clothing. In addition, wearing compression stockings has been proven to help increase circulation in your legs and reduce the risk of vein disease.

If you are searching for information on home remedies for spider veins online, you will without a doubt come across a number of pages that make various claims regarding the effects of different supplements. It is important to note that these statements are rarely backed up by scientific evidence. In general, if a certain tip or trick sounds to good to be true, it probably is. In fact, there is no alternative treatment that has been definitely proven to be effective for spider veins, and spider vein removal via sclerotherapy or laser therapy is currently the only known effective way to get rid of spider veins and the associated symptoms for good.

That said, there are a number of home remedies that claim to be effective for spider vein symptoms that you need to avoid. Some of these include horse chestnut seed, gingko biloba, grape seed extract, bilberry extract, Butcher’s broom extract, distilled witch hazel, gotu kola extract and hawthorn. Bioflavonoids, essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C and E say they have some effects on your vein health, but our vein professionals want you to know that they will not work.

These supplements and home remedies may improve your symptoms, but they will not cure your spider veins. With the advances made in spider vein removal in the recent decades, save yourself the hassle, time and money associated with these alternative treatments, and make an appointment with a vein specialist for a free consultation instead.