So you’ve got spider veins or even varicose veins. It’s about spring time, you’re getting worried about how apparent they might be when you don your swimsuit. What to do?
For one thing, you can do your research, and find out that they might point to a deeper condition. If you have varicose veins in particular, you may be suffering from a more serious medical condition known as venous insufficiency.
When your veins are healthy, your blood makes it all the way back to the heart. However, if your valves’ valves aren’t quite up to snuff, that blood might not make it back all the way. It backflows. It pools in your legs. It puts pressure on your vein.
This causes all sorts of issues. It can cause an achy and painful feeling in your leg — possibly actual Restless Leg Syndrome.
Most ostensibly, venous insufficiency can cause spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins being the netty and clumped blue and purple veins, and varicose veins being the larger black and blue veins.
There are a number of at home treatments you can use to help treat leg veins. Exercising, for one thing, can help improve circulation.
Besides that, making sure to simply move your feet and walk around helps with circulation. Elevating your legs can help blood flow back to the heart.
For a higher grade treatment, compression garments of some kind help circulation.
If you decide you want to get rid of these veins on a more permanent basis, either for medical or cosmetic reasons, then sclerotherapy is an option. A solution is injected into the vein to collapse the vein, and blood will naturally reroute itself through other veins.
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