It’s summertime, and clothing is revealing. If you suffer from spider or varicose veins, you probably don’t want to reveal your legs with shorts, bathing suits and short summer dresses. Both types of veins result from blocked or leaking valves within veins. Fortunately, there are several technologies to eradicate both types of veins, and most are not painful procedures.
Spider veins resemble a spider’s web, and are red, blue or purplish. These veins commonly appear on the legs, but they can show up on the face. They are primarily a cosmetic, not medical issue.
You can reduce the risk of spider and varicose veins by always using sunscreen on exposed areas. Avoid wearing high heels and tight clothes, and maintain a healthy weight. You may also want to wear compression stockings if varicose veins are a problem.
Varicose veins are large, bulging veins generally found on the legs. They are more common in older individuals, as well as pregnant women or obese people. In some families, there’s a genetic predisposition toward developing varicose veins.
Although varicose veins are usually more unsightly than dangerous, they do pose risks. They might cause pain, or the skin around the veins may ulcerate. In a worst-case scenario, blood clots develop.
Treatment options for all but the most serious cases of varicose veins are done on an outpatient basis. Noninvasive techniques such as laser surgery send light bursts into the veins, effectively sealing them off. This is the simplest treatment for spider and small varicose veins. Options for getting rid of larger varicose veins include:
It’s hot, and you want to remain comfortable without being self-conscious. Contact your doctor to discuss the best spider and varicose vein treatment for your situation.
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