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Spider Vein Treatment

Updated on March 10, 2013

Spider veins are veins that are close to the surface of the skin that may or may not be enlarged (but not as enlarged as varicose veins) often red or blue in color. They are called spider veins because they resemble spider webs and are often found on the legs but they can appear on other parts of the body as well. Spider veins effect almost half the population in the United States. Women are most likely to get spider veins as well as the elderly. Usually spider vein is caused by the back up of blood, hormone changes like during pregnancy, sun exposure, old age, obesity, lack of movement, natural aging, and/or injuries but spider veins can be inherited as well. Spider veins occur most often in legs because of gravity and pressure from our own body weight makes it harder for our body to bring the blood back up to the heart. If you have spider vein it can be an embarrassing condition to have and sometimes it can cause itchiness or have a burning feeling as well.

There are many ways that one can prevent and treat spider veins but before doing any treatments it is best to consult a doctor or a dermatologist. Of course, most of these treatments can only be performs by a professional.

Treatments

  • Scierotherapy is a treatment where a solution is injected into the vein directly and vein will disappear gradually over a period of six weeks. This is the most popular way to treat spider veins.

  • Laser treatment is also be used to get rid of spider veins but needs between 2-5 treatments.

  • Endovenous technique uses a combination of radiofrequency and laser that is inserted into the vein and closing it off.

  • Compression stalking is a non-invasive technique to get rid of spider vein.

  • PIN stripping is using a PIN stripper that is in inserted into the vein and sewn to the end of the vein and later removed along with the vein.

  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy pulls the veins out of the leg through tiny incisions cut into the leg but this treatment can leave small scars on the leg.


Home Treatments

  • Take 40 mg of Ginkgo Biloba three times a day.

  • Rub Witch Hazel on spider vein with a cotton ball few times a day.

  • Take 250 mg of Horse Chestnut daily.

  • Can also use cream or ointment containing Horse Chestnut.

  • Rub Apple Cider Vinegar with a cotton ball on spider vein two to three times a day.

  • Rub Emu Oil with a cotton ball once a day on top other ointments, oil, or cream.

Prevention


  • Loosing weight to put less pressure on legs.

  • Walking to help improve circulation in the legs.

  • Wear sunscreen.

  • Exercise, especially stretching.

  • Don’t cross your legs for a long period of time. (Don’t stay in one position for too long standing or sitting)

  • Elevate your legs as much as possible.

  • Avoid tight clothes.

  • Have a diet that is low-salt and high fiber.

  • Leg massages


Although there are many treatments to help prevent and get rid of spider veins there is still a possibility for it come back. If you are prone to spider vein it is wise to keep up to prevention methods.

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