Varicose veins, spider veins, it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman; seeing a red or blue network pulsing under the skin of your legs, nose, or elsewhere on your body just isn’t something that you want. But it’s more than just unsightly – many people who suffer from visible veins also have to deal with the pain that often comes along with this condition, and sometimes they can lead to skin ulcers and other serious medical problems.
So, what can you do to make these uncomfortable and unsightly veins go away? The best and most surefire way to alleviate the problem and keep it from coming back is to get medical help from vein experts. There are a number of procedures and treatments out there that are designed to help, and most are quite successful. Thrive Medical Spa in Chicago for example offer treatments such as laser vein treatments to alleviate those pesky veins.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the money to undergo a medical procedure that can often cost thousands. But you don’t have to lose hope if you fall in this camp. There are still some DIY treatments at your disposal. At the very least, it can be in your best interest to try a few of these less expensive measures before diving into something bigger.
Exercise. Visible veins are caused by build-ups and blockages, which tend to be a result of poor circulation. One thing that regular exercise helps with immensely is improving your circulation. For the most noticeable results, focus on cardio workouts that get your blood pumping. If your issue is in your legs, work those areas by getting out and going for a run, jog, or walk. And obviously you can’t really “work” your nose, but if that’s where you’re having problems, cardio work will lessen visible veins there as well. As a related side benefit, you’ll also help with any high blood pressure issues you have.
Avoid estrogen. High-estrogen birth control pills have been shown to alter circulatory functioning and lead to varicose veins over time. Instead of pills, try another form of birth control. Or, if you really feel like you have to take birth control pills, work with your doctor to find some that don’t have as much estrogen.
Use vitamin K cream. When blood vessels swell, we start to see spider veins and other unsightly problems. But you can help with this problem by getting some vitamin K cream and rubbing it on the affected areas every day. This will not only help with the overall health of your skin, but also strengthen your capillaries and keep blood vessels from swelling.
Get off your feet… Human beings aren’t meant to sit all day, but we’re not meant to stand around either. Our bodies want us to move! Unfortunately, our bosses often don’t. If you work in a job where you’re stuck standing in the same place, it can cause a lot of pressure in your feet and legs and even weaken the walls of your blood vessels, leading to visible veins and annoying pain. One way to alleviate this is to shift positions and move and walk around as much as you’re able to.
…and learn how to sit. Another way is to sit, although most of us are really bad at sitting – or at least modern life has taught us to become bad sitters. We slouch, we cross our legs, and have other bad habits that make it difficult for our blood to go where it needs to go. Teaching yourself proper posture can actually go quite a long way towards helping with visible veins.
Massage. Remember that a big reason veins start becoming visible and causing pain is because the blood just isn’t circulating properly. Something that can help with this issue is to massage the areas where you are having issues. You don’t have to do this for an extended period of time. Simply apply firm pressure and massage affected areas for about 2 minutes each day and you will improve your blood flow through your capillaries, causing less strain on those veins. This is great for spider veins, and it shouldn’t be long before you notice a difference.
Stop smoking. We all know that there are all kinds of bad things associated with smoking, but did you know that it can also cause varicose veins? Yep, that’s right. Smoking has been shown to lead to high blood pressure, which causes poor circulation and… well, you get the rest. No one is saying it’s easy, but giving up smoking can make it a lot easier to lose those veins.
Get compression hose. One of the last resorts before going with a more thorough medical treatment, compression hose help to alleviate the strain on your legs that can lead to a thinning of the blood vessel walls. Before you buy them, make sure you talk with your physician to get the right fit and level of compression.
About the author: Juliana Weiss-Roessler runs Weiss-Roessler Writing with her husband Josh. Together, they offer press releases, blogging, website copy, and other writing services to small and mid-sized businesses. Her writing has been featured on high-traffic websites, such as Yahoo.com, and in major publications, such as PARADE and People. Along with her husband, Juliana lives in Austin, TX, with their two tiny-but-rambunctious dogs and one tiny-but-rambunctious baby boy. You can follow her on Facebook.