Contributor Amanda Green
Spider veins are those blue, red or purple lines that are visible through the skin. These are diluted blood vessels that are twisted or turned, and appear in the form of short fine lines, cluster, or in spider web shape. When taking shape of dilated vessels larger in size, they are referred to as varicose veins. Spider veins and varicose veins often occur at the same time.
Spider veins and varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body, but most often occupy the pelvic area and on the legs. Varicose veins usually develop near the skin’s surface. Both veins aren’t a sign of a serious health problem, and are often experienced by women more than men. They become prevalent with age and, statistics reveal, affect 30 to 50 percent of the adult population.
Spider and varicose veins develop when blood doesn’t flow properly in the two types of veins in your legs: deep veins and superficial veins. The latter are connected to the deep veins inside your legs.
When blood doesn’t flow properly from the superficial veins to your deep veins, it can build up pressure, which is often due to the problem with valves responsible to stop blood flowing back to the superficial veins. The result is blood pooling or collecting in superficial veins that become varicose veins.
It’s noticeable that spider and varicose veins may also cause throbbing or aching, and even a feeling of heaviness in the legs, or swelling around the ankles. In rare cases, varicose veins can be a sign of blood clots or ulcers of the skin near the ankles.
The following are the factors that increase the risk of developing spider & varicose veins:
· Being obese
· Birth control pill medication during pregnancy
· Sitting with legs crossed for long
· Injury to the veins
· Wearing tight clothes or garments
Spider and varicose veins rarely require conventional medical treatment, as they often respond well to the following natural treatment options:
Topical solutions: topical creams and ointments offer a natural spider and varicose vein treatment, and most of the solutions don’t contain harmful additives or chemicals. Natural spider and varicose veins treatments like those from Amoils.com involve topical solutions that can be directly applied. Specifically, these solutions are applied above and around varicose veins while directly onto spider veins. The latest offerings consist of concentrated formulas that can be applied easily with your finger or with a cotton swab.
Compression stockings: the first and least invasive action for treating any varicose veins condition should be compression garments. Compression stockings might be unflattering, but they aid in blood circulation and relieve pressure on varicose veins. They aren’t a direct cure for varicose veins, but do help patients feel better by promoting blood circulation, which helps in reducing the symptoms by preventing the blood from pooling or being collected by the veins.
Elevate your legs: Raising your feet up is good for health, but elevating them to your heart’s level is better. It’s a way of making the blood move from your feet and ankles to your heart. Lie down on a sofa and raise your feet on the arm and place some pillows below them. Try to elevate your legs for 5-10 minutes three to four times a day.
About the author: Amanda is a blogger, reader, runner, and terrible cook all mixed up in one. Amanda has been writing about subjects that interest her since college. Although phases come and go her main writing is about Eco-living, exercise, and food. Amanda is also an avid reader and dabbles in different sections of HomeDSGN, MotherEarthNews, and EarthyReport on a regular basis!