Unfortunately the majority of women have to deal with Spider Veins at some point in their life and usually misinterpret them as a cosmetic only problem. These tiny blue, red, or purple colored veins, also known as Telangiectasia, appear near the surface of the skin typically as short fine lines, or clusters. They have been compared to a spider web and therefore commonly called “spider veins.” Not only are they unpleasant to look at but they also could be the beginning stages of venous insufficiency.
Here are some tips for managing spider veins:
- Elevate your legs above your heart as often as possible— for as long as 30 minutes or as briefly as three minutes. The ideal time is after you have been standing for a long period or after a hot shower.
- Sit properly. Focus on good posture and avoid crossing your legs, or sitting in ways that can compress veins for prolonged periods.
- Walk. Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Just 30 minutes every day— all at once, or in shorter increments.
- Wear compression stockings. Although they will not cure the problem, they will help with swelling and reduce the risk of future spider vein development.
Sclerotherapy is most commonly used to treat spider veins. In this 30 minute-1 hour process, a small needle provides access to the vein so that a medication known as a sclerosing agent can be injected into the vein. This substance causes the veins to scar closed. There is little risk of complication and patients experience an improvement of appearance and relief of symptoms. On average, three to four treatments are required for veins throughout the leg. Both legs are treated at the same time.
With modern techniques, there is no need to be scared of vein treatments anymore. If you are concerned about your spider veins, call 877-640-VEIN (8346) today to schedule your FREE vein screening.