Spider and varicose veins are frequent conditions that affect more women than men. They usually appear on the legs and are prevalent as a person ages. About 80 million American adults are affected by these two venous conditions. If you’re among this statistic, then your legs are probably hidden beneath long pants and skirts. Here are some of their causes and how to treat them.
Spider veins are clusters of small blood vessels that form close to the skin surface. They are mostly blue, red or purple and have an appearance of a spider web or spider legs; they are commonly found on the face and legs.
Varicose veins are unusually swollen veins that become visible mostly on the legs. They are usually skin-colored, blue or purple and they look like twisting, dilated and swollen vessels that are raised over the skin surface.
The primary causes of spider and varicose veins include pregnancy, a history of blood clots, prolonged standing or sitting, heredity, postmenopausal hormonal replacement therapy, wearing high-heeled shoes and wearing tight clothing.
One of the most popular options is laser vein removal treatment. The treatment involves the use of a laser to shrink spider and varicose veins, therefore reducing the appearance. These treatments are commonly used to treat spider veins since they are harder to inject because they are smaller than varicose veins.
Another treatment option is sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a special solution is injected into the vein, ultimately causing it to collapse. It, thus, stops blood flow, making its appearance fade with time.
Lifestyle changes can also be helpful. For example, a regular weight loss and exercise program can help to relieve spider and varicose veins. You should ensure that you also avoid standing and sitting for long periods of time. Elevating your legs when you sit or sleep further improves blood circulation. The treatment of varicose and spider veins is intended to restore a more youthful look to your legs.
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