Our bodies change through the years. Varicose and spider veins are part of those changes. According to the Chicago Vein Institute – “More that 40 Million people in the United States suffer from varicose veins” – This means that more than 50 percent of the people over 50 have varicose and spider veins.
Potential Causes of Varicose Veins
- Family history of obesity
- Age over 50
- Standing for long period of time
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. Pregnancy, being overweight, and jobs that require a lot of standing can increase the growth of these veins. They can cause pain in the legs. In extreme cases, they can cause leg swelling and skin changes including thinning and inflammation.Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue and they are also twisted.These veins can be even visible on the chest and face.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Visible, misshapen veins on the legs
- Ache around the enlarged veins
- Notable bleeding
Everyone who has problems with varicose and spider veins must remember: The more circulation you get to the legs the better! This is why we advise you to do this:
- Flat Heels
Always wear flats shoes. Heels higher than 3 centimeters promote bad circulation which can cause damage to your veins.
- Elevate Feet
Elevate feet above the heart. This helps to decrease pressure in the legs which is one of the leading causes for varicose and spider veins.
- Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are very effective in the fight with varicose and spider veins because they improve blood circulation
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Puta a soaked cloth with ACV on the affected area and keep it for 20-30 minutes. ACV improves blood circulation and decreases swelling.
- Cold Showers
The cold constricts the veins and causes pain relief.
- Don’t Cross Legs
When you cross your legs, the circulation significantly decreases.
- Loose Fitting Clothes
Wearing loose fitting clothes promotes optimal blood circulation. On the other hand, wearing tight jeans restricts the blood movement, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
- No Alcohol or Smoking
Smoking decreases circulation while alcohol dilutes blood vessels.
Taking care of your weight and exercising more often will lower the chances of developing varicose and spider veins.
- Spicy Food
Spicy foods are „great weapon“ in the battle with varicose and spider veins because they increase circulation. Enjoy cayenne pepper, onions, and garlic while knowing that they are fighting for you.