Varicose veins, otherwise known as spider veins, are hereditary, but they also have some environmental causes. Though they are relatively scary looking, they are not actually harmful or painful. Some people report a mild tenderness in more severe cases, but otherwise, they just look much worse than they feel. You can undergo a vein removal at the Miami Beach Vein Institute if your case is more severe, or if you simply want them gone immediately. Or there are some less invasive ways to eliminate them on your own. If you’ve been trying to reverse or slow down the progress of your varicose veins, here are a few ways that you can get rid of them.
- Compression. If you work long hours on your feet, you are going to be more prone to spider veins. This is because they appear in the valves of the veins, which are responsible for pushing blood up against gravity, from the feet back to the heart. If you buy compression stockings, you can significantly reduce the strain on these valves.
- Elevation. After a long day’s work do your feet swell? If so, this is because your blood is having a hard time making it back up to your heart. You can fix this issue by propping your feet up after work on something that elevates them higher than your heart. This way, the blood in your legs is working with gravity rather than against it. You should be doing this after each time that you spend long hours on your feet.
- Ice. Ice helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. The valves in your veins have flaps, which help to push the blood upward, but if they become fatigued, blood can get stuck, causing inflammation. If you start to notice your veins bulging out of your skin, you want to immediately grab a pack of ice and apply it to the swollen area right away.
- Get some exercise. Exercise is one of your best friends if you have varicose veins. In fact, your greatest enemy is a sedentary lifestyle. If you don’t get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on most days of the week, the blood will sit there and accumulate. So be sure to stay active and find ways to keep the blood flowing each and every day.
- Take anti-inflammatories. If you can’t get exercise or ice your legs, you may want to take an anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen. You will want to take these kinds of medications as seldom as possible, as they can exert damage on the lining of your stomach if abused. However, if used in moderation, they can be extremely helpful in reducing the swelling and inflammation in your veins.
- Review your medications. If you are taking hormones, then they may be exacerbating the issue. Either way, be sure to talk to your doctor about any medications that you’re currently taking to see how they affect your varicose veins. You may need to make a few changes to tailor your health plan.