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How to Fight Against Varicose and Spider Veins

by April Maguire

With the U.S. population aging, vein issues are becoming more of a concern. Currently, between 30% and 50% of the adult population has either varicose or spider veins, and that number is only going to get higher in the years to come. Given the severity of the problem, it's important to know what causes these unsightly veins and how you can beat the odds by keeping them from forming in the first place.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The veins within your body carry unoxygenated blood back to your heart. This process puts a lot of strain on the veins in your legs, and the valves inside of them can sometimes break, allowing blood to flow in the opposite direction. This blood then pools, causing the vein to rise up beneath the skin, creating varicose veins. For spider veins, the process is similar, only it happens to veins closer to the surface of the skin, creating the tell-tale discoloration.

Unfortunately, varicose and spider veins have a number of causes. For starters, age and heredity are both factors. Additionally, lifestyle choices play a huge role, and being sedentary or spending all day on your feet can both lead to the formation of these unsightly veins. In rarer cases, these veins can emerge due to hormonal changes, as a result of pregnancy or puberty.

What Can You Do to Stop Them?

Ideally, the best way to deal with these annoying veins is to stop them from forming in the first place. According to doctors, the best prevention you can take is to exercise regularly, which will help to keep your circulatory system functioning normally and stave off vein issues. Also, it's a good idea to elevate your legs at the end of the day. By taking pressure off your extremities, you can release tension in the vein valves so that they don't endure as much wear and tear.

How Can You Get Rid of Them?

If you already have varicose and spider veins, then there are a number of treatment options. Currently, the most popular treatment for varicose veins is endovenous ablation therapy. With this procedure, the doctor guides a thin wire through the affected vein that emits a small amount of heat. This heat cauterizes the vein from the inside, stopping blood flow, and the vein is destroyed. Alternatively, some patients use sclerotherapy, which achieves the same result by injecting a caustic saline solution into the vein. And for spider veins, topical laser treatment is typically recommended, since the veins are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin.

Oftentimes people with varicose and spider veins allow the condition to go untreated, thinking it's just a cosmetic issue. But these veins can cause a number of health problems, including pain, irritation, bleeding and even a deep vein thrombosis. So they should be treated sooner rather than later.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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