Spider veins and varicose veins are about as pleasant as a spider. Maybe they keep you from being able to wear a bathing suit in the summer time or dresses in the spring time. Varicose and Spider veins effect a number of people so we are going to look at some of the differences, as well as the symptoms, causes, and home remedies for varicose veins.
When it comes to the appearance, varicose veins appear as ribbon-like tubes that push up against the skin and give a bubbly affect in shades of blue and purple while the spider veins look more like leaf-less tree limbs and form dense clusters in shades of blue and red.
Symptoms of varicose veins can include aching or feelings of heaviness in the legs, burning or throbbing, cramping at night, swollen feet and ankles, bleeding from the vein, itchiness around the vein, and pronounced pain in legs after long periods of sitting or standing. While rarely a serious condition, you should see a professional if you experience these symptoms.
Varicose veins can be caused by a few different things that we will take a look at now. One of them being age. Veins weaken as we age which causes blood to pool and veins to bulge. Another one could simply be genetics or gender, in fact, more women are prone to the condition due to pregnancy and the greater weight, abdominal pain, and increased blood flow. Another cause can be obesity or a life with no activity which more weight putting pressure on your leg veins and a slowed blood flow. Lastly, having a job that requires standing for a long period of time can also be a cause.
There are a few home remedies you can try for both varicose and spider veins, however, you should still see a professional. For starters try getting up and moving. You should try to avoid standing up or sitting for long periods of time. You could also exercise even if it is just a short walk. If you are resting, try elevating your legs. You could also try compression stocking for increased blood flow or an increase of fiber and reduction of salt in your diet.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed before trying any home remedies, you should see a professional, give us a call to set up an appointment today!