spider veins It’s not unusual to get spider veins as we age, those small, knotty blood vessels that branch out visibly just under the surface of the skin. They appear in bright colors of blue, purple or red, like miniature varicose veins, and tend to form on the legs and feet. These areas are under the most stress because of the strain put on them by gravity, body weight and their distance from the heart.

Even worse, these veins can appear on the face, making sufferers self-conscious about their appearance.

Although spider veins don’t usually cause serious health issues, they can burn or itch, and may be indicative of worse circulatory problems. In some cases, they can create sores, bleeding and blood clots.

“Even if spider veins don’t pose an immediate health risk,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations, “they are unsightly and can cause a degree of embarrassment that may prevent people from doing the things they love—going to the beach, wearing cool summer clothing, even just going out in public.”

At-home fixes?

Because spider veins are so common, with more than half of people over 50 experiencing them, many sufferers hope to get help from home remedies. Though evidence to support their effectiveness is lacking, these remedies fall into three main categories: foods and supplements, topical treatments and physical therapies. Let’s take a look.

Foods and supplements

The edible treatments suggested for spider vein home remedies include:

  • Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit to strengthen vein walls
  • Ginger to thin the blood and lower blood pressure
  • Ginkgo balboa to strengthen the veins and improve circulation
  • Spicy foods to break down fibrin, the lumpy material around the veins
  • Horse chestnut to improve vein elasticity

Topical treatments

Generally applied with a compress or swabbed on with cotton balls, here are home ingredients some people put directly on the skin:

  • Witch hazel, an herbal astringent
  • Apple cider vinegar (which can also be taken by mouth)
  • Mustard oil, grape seed oil, pine bark or marigold to stimulate circulation
  • Cabbage or Fuller’s Earth poultices

Physical remedies

Many of these are sound health tips regardless of their effectiveness on spider veins:

  • Sleeping on the back with legs elevated to relieve leg pressure
  • Massage, walking and toning exercises to help improve circulation
  • Wearing flat shoes and not sitting with crossed legs to prevent leg strain
  • Avoiding excessive salt and smoking, which impede circulation
  • Avoiding alcohol which dilates blood vessels, which can cause blood pooling

A better way

Unfortunately, most of these do-it-yourself remedies have little to no effect. While most of them won’t hurt you (though you should use caution with dietary supplements) they do not provide the effective, noticeable and lasting results spider vein sufferers are looking for, because reversing the damage from vein disease requires more dramatic interventions.

The good news is, there are medical treatments that are proven to work. Because spider veins are small and near the surface of the skin, many treatments are non- or minimally-invasive, and relatively pain-free.

Sclerotherapy – A highly effective, non-surgical treatment, sclerotherapy involves injecting a tiny needle filled with special fluid into the vein. This causes the vein walls to seal shut, eventually be absorbed by the body and gradually disappear. This procedure causes little pain and may be covered by insurance.

Laser treatment – A surface laser shoots bursts of intense light at the small veins, which causes them to vanish over time. This treatment is especially good for treating facial spider veins. A combination of laser treatment and sclerotherapy may also be used

These two procedures are the most common for the removal of spider veins, however a duplex Doppler ultrasound should be performed to determine whether the spider veins are being caused by backward blood flow in the veins.  If so, recommendations will be made for more appropriate treatment to address the root cause of the problem veins.

Make the most of modern science

Home remedies are, for the most part, inexpensive and relatively easy to administer. The problem is, they don’t work well.

“Science is on your side, offering the most advanced and effective techniques for spider veins and treatments that really do work,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations. “Surgery used to be a given for vein problems, but it’s often not necessary these days. And you may find your insurance will cover these modern procedures.”

Rather than wasting time and energy applying compresses to your spider veins or taking supplements that may have side effects, why not go with treatments that are proven to work with minimal pain and downtime? Contact VeinInnovations today to find out how to eliminate them effectively.

Sources:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/varicose-veins-and-spider-veins

http://www.livestrong.com/article/132769-home-remedies-get-rid-spider-veins/

http://www.nowloss.com/How-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins-naturally.htm

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/21-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins#1