What are Spider Veins?
While spider veins are highly common, that doesn’t help you look past them; they’re still extremely unattractive. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are smaller and much closer to the skin and typically spread across your legs as you age. Oh, the joys of getting older! These reddish, bluish veins are often found in areas behind the knee.
Who gets them?
Like a lot of other medical conditions, spider veins can be hereditary. However, you’re still susceptible to them even if they don’t run in your family. Did you know your occupation could put you at risk for developing them? If your job requires a lot of standing time, such as nurses or teachers, you’re adding to the amount of pressure in the veins on your legs, which puts you at a higher risk for spider veins.
What are some symptoms of Spider Veins?
-Appearance of red/blue veins
-Swelling in the legs
-A feeling of heaviness in the legs
What can you do to lower your risk?
–Relieve some of the pressure. Alleviate the pressure you may be putting on your legs by eating a healthy diet to keep your weight down and by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you must sit for long periods of time, try taking a walk every 30 minutes.
–Let the blood flow. Exercise! It keeps the blood flowing. Go for a walk, a run and do some leg workouts to strengthen your leg muscles.
–Get Support. Lightweight compression stockings are great for preventing and managing symptoms, and can also reduce swelling.
–Kick back and relax. Elevating your feet higher than your heart can be very effective.
What can you do to treat existing spider veins?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment. This treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein that forces it to collapse, stopping the blood flow. The vein will then scar and fade after a few weeks. Ohmic Thermolysis (Vein Gogh) is used in the treatment of fine spider veins that are too small to inject.
Are you unhappy with the way your legs look? Premier Vein Specialists can help you.