What are varicose and spider veins and why do we get them?
Varicose veins are a common condition caused by weak or damaged vein walls and valves. Varicose veins may form whenever blood pressure increases inside your veins. This can happen because of pregnancy, constipation, a tumor, or overweight and obesity.
There are several types of varicose veins, in the legs and other parts of the body. Varicose veins can take shape as hemorrhoids developed in the rectum or varicoceles which can occur in the testicles, varicose veins can also develop in the esophagus, stomach, or liver. Other vein problems that affect smaller blood vessels are telangiectasia and spider veins.
Did you know that veins increase significantly after the age of 40 and women are much more likely to develop them than men?
Veins have one-way valves inside them that open and close to keep blood flowing toward the heart. However, weakened or damaged valves or walls in the veins can cause blood to pool and even flow backwards. This is called reflux. The veins may grow larger and become distorted, resulting in varicose veins.
Although similar to varicose veins, spider veins are much closer to the surface of the skin and are usually red or purple. These veins are most commonly found on the face and legs and appear like a spider’s web with short jagged lines.
Bleeding from varicose or spider veins is a medical emergency. Seek immediate help if this happens.
Do spider veins go away if you lose weight?
The only way to treat varicose veins is to target the source of the problem. Even if they are caused by weight gain, losing weight will not make them magically disappear. It’s important to maintain healthy habits to ensure your circulation is working properly, but there is not a 100% accurate way to prevent them and no natural way to make them go away.
How can I treat varicose spider veins on my legs?