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How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

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Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias or angioectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels.

The affected vessels appear like thin red or blue lines on the surface of the skin or mucous membranes and look like spider webs or tree branches.

This problem mostly affects the legs, hands and face, especially around the nose, cheeks and chin.

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Spider veins occur as a result of weak or damaged valves in the veins.

Several factors are responsible for this kind of damage, including poor blood circulation, age, heredity, a history of blood clots, taking birth control pills, hormonal changes in the body, standing or sitting for long periods of time, wearing clothes that are too tight, obesity, constipation and exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) sunrays.

Though usually harmless, they can sometimes cause symptoms like swelling, pain, throbbing, rashes and itching around the veins as well as restless legs.

At times they can cause complications, such as skin ulcers, bleeding, phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis.

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As spider veins are more of a cosmetic than health problem, people look for ways to reduce the unsightly appearance of these veins.

Many people opt for surgery, but with some simple lifestyle changes and natural remedies, you can easily reduce the appearance of spider veins, improve the symptoms, support good circulation and prevent a recurrence of the condition.

Note: Consult a doctor if the veins are warm to the touch, very tender and painful.

how to get rid of spider veins

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of spider veins.

1. Ginger

Ginger helps improve blood circulation, making it an effective treatment for spider veins.

Ginger also helps break up fibrin, a blood protein that builds up in areas where your veins are injured. A 2001 study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences confirms the fibrinolytic enhancing property of ginger.

  1. Cut 1 inch of fresh ginger root into thin pieces.
  2. Add the ginger slices to about 2 cups of boiling water.
  3. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain, add honey and drink it while the tea is still warm.
  5. Enjoy ginger tea 2 or 3 times a day.

Note: If talking blood pressure medication or blood thinners, consult your doctor before using ginger.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another natural treatment for spider veins. It improves blood flow and circulation, which helps reduce swelling and pain to a great extent.

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  • Saturate a piece of cloth with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Place the cloth on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times a day for several days.
  • Also, add 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and stir well. You can also add a little raw honey for taste Drink it twice daily.

3. Horse Chestnut

The herb horse chestnut helps strengthen veins and thus is very effective in reducing the discomforts of spider veins and other venous problems. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties.

A 2006 study published in Advances in Therapies notes that horse chestnut extract offers a real alternative in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate venous insufficiency.

  • Apply horse chestnut seed gel (available in the market) externally on the affected area twice daily.
  • Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of horse chestnut tincture in 10 tablespoons of distilled witch hazel. Apply it to the affected area twice daily.
  • You can also take horse chestnut supplements. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.

Note: Pregnant or nursing women should not ingest horse chestnut. Also, avoid using this herb if you have kidney or liver disease, or if you are taking blood thinning medications.

4. Massage

Regular massage of the affected area is another easy and simple way to improve circulation, which can help get rid of spider veins. It also helps reduce pain and inflammation.

For massage, it is recommended to use extra-virgin olive oil or extra-virgin coconut oil due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, these oils quickly penetrate deep into the skin.

  1. Slightly warm the oil of your choice in a microwave.
  2. Use this warm oil to massage the affected veins with firm yet gentle strokes.
  3. Massage for 10 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times daily.

5. Exercise

Poor blood circulation is one of the leading causes of spider veins, especially on the legs. Exercise improves blood circulation throughout the body, strengthens your body and improves the veins’ strength.

Moderate daily exercise even helps fight obesity and reduces the risk of other venous insufficiency problems.

  • Walk for 30 minutes or more, at least 5 times a week. Also, get up and walk around every 2 to 3 hours for 10 minutes.
  • To strengthen your calf muscles, raise yourself up on the balls of your feet and then slowly lower yourself back down for 10 to 15 minutes, a few times a day.
  • Include circulation-boosting activities, such as jogging, swimming and climbing stairs, in your daily routine.

6. Elevation

If you have spider veins on your hands and legs, elevation is a good option to relieve the pressure in the veins. Elevation even improves blood circulation to the affected area.

  • For spider veins on the legs, place a pillow under your legs as you sleep on your back. Also, keep the legs elevated for 15 minutes at a time, several times a day.
  • For spider veins on the hands, elevate the hands by placing them on a few stacked pillows for 15 minutes, 4 or 5 times a day.
  • To reduce the discomforts of spider veins on your face, sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated with the help of soft pillows. Your head should be at least a couple of inches above your body.

How to Get Rid of Spider Veins was last modified: September 21st, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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8 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Spider Veins”

  1. Comment:thanks a lot,I have been looking for a way to reduce my or remove it completely but can’t,I have used all type of things but it didn’t work. am so grateful that I came across this information am going to try n if it works I will be really grateful,thanks in anticipation.

  2. I am suffering from vervose veins and my leg turn slightly blackish whst should i apply to make it in normal colour. Leave msg please

  3. you are writing of treating the ‘symptoms’ Not the cause. Elevation & massage will help to improve circulation. However, the body is 21/2 pounds of mineral dust & all the rest is water! Think about that for a moment. All disease is a result of 3 causes
    a. lack of internal cleanliness..(take care of the bowel Bernard Jensen has good books on this subject)
    b. nourishment. Those 21/2 pounds of organic minerals are what keeps the millions of functions within the body working harmoniously. Lacking one of those minerals…poor health results.
    It really is this simple? After many years as a dr I can assure you this is so.
    c. Water. Distilled water is the Only water that should pass the lips. Try making the last hair rinse distilled water & your hair will thankyou also, by being soft & manageable
    Calcium deficiency is the cause of varicose veins & capillaries! The calcium provides the strength to the tissues. Deficiency & the vascular system slowly & surely breaks down. outside & inside. Yes, the vessels in the heart also!
    Best supplement to rebuild organic calcium?
    NO calcium supplements..they will only aggravate the problem.
    Dr Christophers Cal tea with comfrey.
    Either tea or powder. And NO comfrey will not kill you, hurt you or your loved ones. Its one of the most therapeutic plants on the plant. despite research funded that showed an alkaloid in comfrey when given in isolation to a rat in million parts to 1 amounts caused liver cancer…comfrey IS a wonderful food (herb)
    Isolate a substance, then you have a medication. Medications Always have side effects.
    A Whole plant, the way the Creator designed it? No, one needs much larger amounts than of a medication, & it takes longer to have an effect. However, the healing is sure, & there are no side effects. Only side benefits!
    3 mugs of the tea daily or a teaspoon of the powder in a little warm water with honey or yogurt twice daily WILL get rid of the varicosities in no time!
    Powders or tea Are definitely preferable to capsules. Why? that’s a conversation for another time.
    Compresses are also important. Go to Dr Christophers Legacy page or products page to find more information & directions.
    Why do I bother to write this? & for free no less! because I suffered from varicose veins myself & spent a lot of time & money going up & down blind alleys.
    This works! And many patients…even elderly patients with varicose ulcers & the tissues blackened have had remarkable recoveries.
    “Nature ALWAYS heals….given the opportunity”

  4. I had varicose veins on the back of upper calf since childhood and it only worsened over time (I’m 48). The area was about a 5″ x 5″ area and progressively increasing. I stumbled on health benefits of near inferred heat treatments, mainly for sweating out toxins in a CNS sympathetic state. I won’t go of the rails on that rabbit hole (works great for that too). But, while I was doing that (a thirty minute process in diy sauna, I started doing the last 6 minutes focusing one heat lamp light on the varicose vein area. Within about a week and a half, you could not see the budging veins anymore, only a sort of undefined sort of slight pouch. About a month and half, that was “fading’ as well. I unfortunately broke my use and will be getting back to it. However, the area did not revert but of course didn’t improve since I stopped.

    Oh,the near inferred light is a basic heat lamp light. You can get one at tractor supply with a 150 watt bulb for about $15 (basic chicken brooder heat lamp or food warmer light).

  5. Thank you very much i believe in you. God prepares everything to man. All the wonders of nature God prepares it for mans sake. I appreciate for your simple but true advices. And we see the wonders and powers of God through nature, the sickness and pain today are mans creation. Foods that are not natural and medicines that cure a part of your pain and kills part of the cells of the body. All of them are mans fault because of greed and ambitions. They forgot natures made by God the fruits and vegetable are the true cure of all the sickness though it takes long process but sure.
    Thank you once again and more power to you. God bless

    Valentina

  6. When I was pregnant of my second child some varicose veins started to appear on my legs, at that time I wasn’t really worried, but as they got worse I started to get worried so I visited a specialist who recommended me venorid treatment. Also, I’ve been exercising at least three times a week.

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