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All about varicose and spider veins

First off, in order to understand what’s going to be discussed in this article, we should emphasize that varicose veins are not the same as spider veins, even though the two may stem from the same issue and very often can be treated together. On the other hand, just by looking at them, the difference becomes obvious

What are varicose and spider veins?

health-vs-varicoseveinVaricose veins are stretched out veins where the blood pooled. They can be blue, red or flesh-colored, and they are thick and look like cords. These are often found on the back of the calves, thighs or even inside of your legs. Varicose veins are most frequently caused when the one-way valves are not working properly or if they are not strong enough, and the blood gets collected in your legs. The weakness of the valves and veins can happen when you are not moving your body enough, due to inappropriate diet or it is genetic.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and they look like spider web, hence the name. Also, they are closer to the surface of the skin and are more visible. They are usually red or blue and can cover either small or large surfaces on your body, like face or legs. Spider veins have similar causes as varicose. However, there are many other causes for this condition such as prolonged standing, pregnancy, hormonal changes, birth control, obesity and many other related situations that cause your legs not to push the blood back up, against the gravity.

Changing habits can help

In order to prevent or treat varicose and spider veins you should change some of your everyday habits. If you are a smoker, you should definitely quit. Besides other disadvantages smoking has, it also gives the smoker more chance to get these veins diseases than to a non-smoker. Also, your diet has great influence on your blood flow, so you should avoid any junk food and food that contains a lot of sugar or fats. Drinking less coffee and more green and other herbal teas, can also save you from getting these two conditions.

Move your body

Moving your body, especially legs, can help your blood move easily through your body. There are a lot of exercises that can help you prevent these conditions. Such exercises are running, exercising on a stationary bike, some minimal aerobics (crunches, sit ups, lunges etc), but the best one is walking. Walking improves the pumping of your calves which influence the blood flow. Another thing you can try is yoga, and there are many poses which can help you, as well as elevating your legs as frequent as possible.

Non-surgical treatments

If you decide on a noninvasive treatment, you can try therapies like sclerotherapy during which a chemical is injected in order for veins to close off. There are also laser therapies which are removing the marks and closing off the veins, and radiofrequency treatment which uses radio frequent energy. Another treatment involves wearing the compression stockings which improve the circulation in your legs and slow down the progress of varicose and spider veins.

Surgical treatments

If you already tried everything, and nothing helped you relieve the pain or prevent these conditions, you can always opt for a spider veins treatment like surgery. Surgical procedure means that your larger veins are tied off (ligation) and removed (stripping). These procedures can be done by using local, general or spinal anesthesia.

By immediately changing some of your bad habits you can prevent your legs from suffering. On the other hand if you are already suffering from these conditions, you should treat them the best way it suits you. Try some of these and you will not regret it.

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