Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated November 11, 2020)
Varicose veins, or spider veins, are very common and occur when excess pressure forces the blood vessels to expand. This is most associated with pregnancy, as the added weight of the child put constant and significant amounts of pressure on the legs and ankles of women. Many women and even men suffer from spider veins and while it is common, it's still not too attractive. Fortunately there are ways to prevent and treat varicose veins so you don't always have to deal with them.
Prevention is really the best way to get rid of varicose veins because you can prevent them from happening in the first place. I know that most women can't just camp out and not walk anywhere when pregnant, so you need to keep the circulation in your legs going strong. With varicose veins, the pressure is enough so that blood tends to pool in the blood vessels, forcing them to expand so you want to participate in some of activity that keeps your circulation up.
Exercise is always a good solution and even just a brisk stroll for fifteen to twenty minutes is good enough to keep the blood flowing. When you're resting you should also try to elevate your legs so that the blood can flow back up to where it's supposed to be, rather than staying down by your feet. Try to get off your feet as much as possible (which I realize is difficult if not impossible for many mothers), because this will release the pressure from your feet.
Actually getting rid of varicose veins is a completely different arena all together and one that is expensive and painful. Really the only way to rid yourself of spider veins is through surgery or laser removal. This can be expensive and if you're raising a family, might not even be permanent. What the laser treatment does, essentially, is destroy the enlarged veins and then the body subsequently resorbs the broken vessels and the blood flows in the deeper, stronger veins.
Another method for getting rid of your varicose veins is through an injection or sclerotherapy. With sclerotherapy you have multiple injections over a period of time that damage the veins enough so they collapse and the body resorbs them like with laser treatment. This is followed by wearing a compression stocking and other special stocking for weeks afterward.
Prevention is the best way to deal with spider veins, but you'll need to determine if the other methods of removal are really worth it. If you just keep in mind these few simple tips on how to prevent and minimize varicose veins, the results will be pleasing!
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