Spider veins are a mild form of varicose veins that usually appear on the legs, chest, and neck. Their unsightly appearance can cause you embarrassment and discomfort. They are most commonly the result of certain hereditary factors, as well as obesity, hormonal conditions, pregnancy, or simply sitting or standing for long periods during the day. Spider veins are generally small, appearing blue, red, or purple in color. Sore and swollen legs and feet often accompany them.
There are steps you can take to avoid spider veins and to prevent existing spider veins from progressing to more serious varicose veins. Making certain lifestyle changes, or undergoing medical treatment, can help you get rid of them.
How to Prevent Spider Veins
- Lose weight if necessary. Extra pounds, regardless of where you carry them, can result in poor circulation.
- Avoid sitting or standing still for long periods. Many people’s occupations require them to remain on their feet or sitting in the same position for hours at a time. Keep the blood flowing by changing positions and taking short walks whenever possible.
- Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, which can cause swelling and fluid retention.
- Wear supportive stockings. Different types of support hose and socks are available, from mildly supportive over-the-counter options to more constricting stockings that require a prescription.
Spider Vein Treatment
You have several options for treating spider veins, most of which are available at BC Laser and Skin Care Clinic. Our nonsurgical treatments for removing spider veins are quick and have no down time. They include sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
There’s no need to suffer from unattractive spider veins or sore legs when relief is available. BC Laser and Skin Care Clinic is led by Dr. Sachit Shah, who has been in business for 25 years. Dr. Shah and his dedicated staff are readily available to meet your skin care needs.
If you’re located in Greater Vancouver, BC, or northern Washington State, contact us for a consultation.