Spider veins are tiny swollen blood vessels which are easily discernable through the skin. They appear like a web of thin and twisted purple or red, jagged lines and are most often seen on the inside of the legs, ankles, face and thighs. When the valves in these superficial veins become weakened they are unable to push the blood towards the heart and the blood flows backwards and accumulates in the veins. This results in swelling and when the blood begins to stagnate in them they turn blue, purple and red.
This condition usually occurs in old age and is more common in women than in men. It is caused by improper or slow blood circulation, standing for long periods, heredity and hormonal changes. Spider veins not only detract from the appearance but are also very painful and itchy. They can cause the legs and ankles to swell and to feel hot and heavy. The delivery of blood and oxygen to the tissues is hindered and the removal of waste is delayed this can cause the skin to become thin, discolored and susceptible to ulcers.
Spider Veins Treatment Amazing Tips
Guava
Eating guavas everyday can improve spider veins considerably. Guava is rich in vitamin C which is essential for the strength of the blood vessels and it has large quantities of vitamin K which improves blood flow to the tissues and prevents discoloration.
It also contains lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects the cells and tissues from toxic damage. Eat guavas as much as you can to strengthen the capillaries and veins and to improve the blood flow. If the circulation of the blood increases, it will not stagnate in the blood vessels and cause further harm.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the most common home remedy for spider veins. It improves the appearance of the veins by reducing the swelling and increasing the blood circulation to the affected areas.
Soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and apply as a compress on the spider veins. Keep the compress for half an hour. Repeat this twice a day until the veins regain their normal appearance.
Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is very good in stimulating the blood circulation and in strengthening the valves. Massage twice a day all the affected areas. You will notice a difference in the spider veins very soon.
Horse Chestnut
Consuming the herb in the form of capsule of fifty milligrams as two capsules per day is recommended. It is helpful for increasing circulation and strengthening the vein walls. It is helpful for reducing swelling of blood vessels caused by spider veins. The herb reduces itching, swelling and fatigue.Combine one part of horse chestnut with ten parts of distilled witch hazel and apply this mixture over the infected areas. Five hundred milligrams of horse chestnut can be consumed for three times in a day. It may take three months to recover from this disease. Excessive amount of this herb can be toxic; consume only the recommended dosage.
Ginkgo Biloba
The herb can be consumed in the form of extract. It enhances circulation and tissue oxygenation. Consume forty milligrams of this herb for three times in a day. The herb has antioxidant properties that improves circulation and protects the nerves.It can also be taken in the form of pills. An adult should consume one hundred twenty milligrams of this herb per day. Those taking medicines for high blood pressure should avoid using this herb.
Oranges
The vitamin C present in oranges is very crucial in the treatment of spider veins.  Vitamin C is required to strengthen the blood vessels and improve the circulation of blood. It is also an excellent antioxidant which protects the tissues from damage. Eat oranges everyday on a regular basis.
Castor Oil
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties. It stimulates the blood circulation and increases the flow of blood to the blood starved tissues. It prevents the blood from clotting in the veins and reduces their swelling. Massage the affected areas with warm castor oil twice a day.
Cover the areas with warm flannel. The swelling will subside and the pain and itching will abate. You will feel relieved when the pressure is lifted off the blood vessels.
Gotu Kola
Consume two hundred milligrams of this herb for three times in a day. Extract of this herb is effective in the treatment of water retention, swelling in the foot and varicose veins. It helps in improving the circulation of limbs and strengthening the blood vessels. It is also available in the form of tea and tincture. Consume the herb as thirty to one hundred twenty milligrams per day.
Butcher’s Broom
The extract of this herb is beneficial for improving varicosities.It helps in strengthening the veins. Diluted extract of this herb is beneficial for the treatment of spider veins. Drink one cup of this solution for curing this disease. It also helps in strengthening the veins.
Bilberry
Extract of this herb helps in stimulating the formation of new capillaries. It is also useful in strengthening the capillary walls. Consume twenty to forty milligrams of this herb for three times in a day.
Grapeseed
Extract of this herb is helpful in improving circulation. Consuming fifty milligrams of this herb for three times in a day is beneficial for treating spider veins.
Witch Hazel
The herb can be applied over the varicosities by dipping a cotton ball in its extract. It soothes the infected areas and strengthens the blood vessels. Witch hazel can also be combined with horsetail herb. Mix one teaspoon each of both of these herbs and apply over the infected area. Rub few drops of emu oil over the mixture. Drinking tea prepared from witch hazel is effective in treating spider veins. It contains the essential oils and tannins that are useful for the veins.
Natural Cure For Spider Veins
Hawthorn
Consuming two hundred milligrams of this herb for three times in a day is recommended. The herb contains zinc, vitamin C, bioflavonoid and sulphur that are helpful in the treatment of varicose veins. It is also available in the form of pill or tincture. Tea prepared from this herb is also effective in providing relief from spider veins. Consume one to two cups of this tea once a day. An infusion can be prepared by adding one teaspoon of hawthorn flowers in half cup of water. It is also available in the form of pills. Consume hundred to three hundred milligrams of this herb for two times in a day.

It is one of the effective herbs for the treatment of spider veins. It can be used internally as well as externally. The herb is helpful in reducing inflammation associated with spider veins.
Lavender
The herb is beneficial in treating spider veins. Using it in the form of essential oil would be beneficial and reduces the symptoms associated with it.
Chamomile
Oil of this herb is effective in the treatment of spider veins as it quickly reduces the symptoms associated with it. It helps in treating the neurological problems as well.
Rosemary
The herb is very effective in treating spider veins. It contains anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation. Extract of this herb is effective in purifying the blood and increasing the flow of blood.

Is sclerotherapy safe?
Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure with few significant risks when performed by a certified skin doctor. Less than 5% of patients experience even minor adverse effects. The most common complication is the development of brownish pigment in the treated area, similar to a freckle, which usually disappears within two to six months. If the veins are unusually weak, there may be some temporary bruising around the injection site. Patients may develop a tiny scab at the injection site if any of the solution escapes from the blood vessels. The scab is treated with an antibiotic ointment until it clears. There is little risk of infection or bleeding from Sclerotherapy. Furthermore, sclerotherapy is not bad for your circulation. The treatment eliminates veins that are no longer useful, eliminating pain and improving the cosmetic appearance.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
It will depend on the severity of the condition and the extent of improvement desired. Sclerotherapy requires 15 to 30 minutes. Usually, the veins nearly disappear immediately. A few days after the treatment, once the swelling goes down, the results appear even better. Most patients can expect a 50 to 90 percent improvement after several treatments. To guarantee success and counteract the appearance of new spider veins, touch-up treatments may be required every year or so. Since our special solution has made the treatment session very comfortable, the majority of veins can be treated in one session. However, the treatment can be broken down into multiple sessions (1 – 4 weeks apart) if the patient desires.
WHAT CAUSES SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS?
Running does not cause spider veins or varicose veins. However, the following are contributing factors:
Genetics
Obesity or weight gain
Pregnancy
Gender (women are higher statistical risks)
Injury or surgery (especially near the pelvis)
Blood clot
Prolonged standing or sitting
RUNNING WITH SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS
Since some of the symptoms of spider veins and varicose veins include swelling, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, and fatigue, running with spider veins or varicose veins can be less enjoyable or even painful.
If you’re just noticing spider veins or varicose veins and want to keep running, here’s a few tips:
Stop running if symptoms worsen. Keep a close eye on your spider veins or varicose veins. If symptoms become more acute, you should stop running. Transition instead to walking, swimming, and other low-impact exercise.
Avoid hard pavement. High-impact activities like running can aggravate swelling. Make sure to run on a softer surface, such as grass, a dirt trail, or an athletic track.
Wear compression stockings. Compression stockings, while not entirely comfortable for running, will help increase blood flow and decrease fatigue.
GETTING RID OF SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS
Getting rid of spider veins and varicose veins is a smart decision, and not just for cosmetic reasons. Venous disease can develop into severe conditions that require immediate medical attention, including swelling legs, skin discoloration, and venous ulcers.
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
There are seven major forms of treatment for varicose veins and spider veins.
Treatments for spider veins range from changes in lifestyle to injections to surgery. As far as lifestyle changes; losing weight, walking and taking good care of the skin are all recommended. Other options include wearing supportive hosiery to alleviate the pain, radiofrequency occlusion, surgery, laser treatments and sclerotherapy.

Obviously, surgery is the most invasive treatment and is usually left as a last resort for the larger varicose veins. Radiofrequency occlusion involves inserting a small catheter into the vein that sends energy which causes the wall of the vein to heat, collapse and seal shut.

There are a variety of types of laser treatments. Endovenous laser treatment uses a small laser fiber that is inserted into the vein and uses light pulses to make the vein collapse. This works because the hemoglobin in the blood absorbs the light. Other laser treatment options use heat energy to damage and destroy the veins. The upside for many patients is that these types of treatment do not require any insertion of a needle. However, there can still be some discomfort and sometimes staining, discoloration or blistering occurs.

Finally, sclerotherapy involves the insertion of a solution with a fine needle into the vein. This works by causing irritation to the blood vessel which makes it swell, stick together and causes the blood to clot. Over time, usually a matter of 3 to 6 weeks, the blood vessel becomes scar tissue and fades away. This may take several treatments, but is fairly simple, inexpensive and an out-patient procedure.

Whether you have developed spider veins through a life change like pregnancy, through heredity, or by any other cause, there are solutions available. Talking to a qualified doctor is the best way to pinpoint the ideal solution for your needs.
1. Support Stockings. The most conservative approach is simply to wear properly-fitting support hose, especially when the veins cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms. These stockings can generally be purchased at any surgical supply store and at some pharmacies. They come in below-the-knee, above-the-knee, and pantyhose styles.

2. Lifestyle changes. Good skin hygiene, weight loss (if needed), and walking can help treat varicose veins and spider veins.

3. Sclerotherapy. This procedure, which has been available since the 1930s, is another treatment option. This procedure uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution or a specially made detergent that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over three to six weeks. The procedure is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed in an outpatient setting.

Get moving. While exercise may not prevent varicose veins, doctors agree that physical activity can lessen the symptoms by improving circulation, which prevents blood from pooling. As working muscles in the lower limbs contract, they push blood through the veins, back to the heart.
To get your legs moving, almost any exercise that involves the legs will do, from aerobics to strengthening to spot-toning activities, say the experts. Ride a bike, take an aerobics class, go for a walk or a run, use the stair machine in the gym or climb the stairs at work during your lunch hour -- these are all good exercises for the legs. Spot-toning exercises, such as leg raises, that specifically build up the muscles in the buttocks, thighs, and lower legs are also recommended.
Eating a balanced diet and keeping your weight down can help ease the pain of varicose veins.
Eating a balanced diet and keeping 
your weight down can help 
ease the pain of varicose veins.
Lose weight. Not only does obesity tax just about every system in the body, but carrying around extra baggage makes most people less active, which means their leg muscles do less work. As a result, overweight people usually can't pump blood from their lower limbs back to the heart efficiently. In addition, an overweight person's blood vessels carry more blood than a thinner person's, so the strain is greater on the vessels themselves.
Eat a balanced diet. Besides helping you maintain proper weight, a balanced diet can give you nutrients that may actually help prevent varicose veins. 
For example, protein and vitamin C are both components of collagen, part of the tissue in the veins and valves. If the collagen is in good shape, the tissues are likely to be more resilient. 
A balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, is the best way to get the right amounts of valuable nutrients. However, while a healthy diet can strengthen your vascular system, it can't cure varicose veins.
Take a break from standing. When you're standing in one place, the blood in your leg veins must not only make a long uphill journey against the force of gravity, it has to do so without the pumping assistance that expanding-and-contracting leg muscles can provide. (It's a little like trying to get up a creek without a paddle!) As a result, the blood tends to pool in the lower legs, leading to the development of varicose veins.
If possible, take frequent breaks to walk around or, preferably, to sit with your feet up. And while you're standing in one spot, shift your weight from one leg to the other and/or occasionally get up on tiptoes; it will engage your leg muscles in the task of pushing blood up toward your heart.
Prop up your legs. Putting your feet up is good, but elevating them above the level of your heart is even better. It's a way to use gravity to help the blood move from your feet and ankles back to your heart. Doctors have been recommending elevation to relieve leg pain and swelling for centuries. As a matter of fact, Hippocrates in ancient Greece wrote of its benefits.
Pregnancy & Varicose Veins and Spider Veins:
Pregnancy can lead to the development of varicose veins and spider veins. Surging hormones weaken collagen and connective tissues in the pelvis in preparation for giving birth. Unfortunately, as a side effect, the hormones may also weaken the collagen found in the veins and valves of the body. These weakened tissues have a more difficult time standing up to the increased blood volume that comes with carrying a baby. In addition, the weight of the fetus itself may play a role in the development of varicose veins in the legs by compressing the veins between the legs and heart. Elevating the legs whenever possible can be helpful, and compression stockings in the 20 to 30 mm Hg range may be prescribed by your doctor. The good news is that for many women, the swollen veins subside within a few months after the baby is born.
Eighty percent of varicose-vein sufferers will also develop spider veins. And half of all spider-vein sufferers also have varicose veins. But unlike knotty and often uncomfortable varicose veins, spider veins are thin (they are no thicker than a thread or hair and do not bulge out), dilated blood vessels that form a weblike pattern (hence the name) on the skin, most commonly on the legs, neck, and face. Except for their link to pregnancy and hormones (see "Advice for Moms-to-Be"), no one knows for sure why they crop up. Because the cause hasn't been pinpointed, the veins can't be prevented. But on the plus side, they rarely cause problems -- perhaps only a little itching now and again.  

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Timothy Gower is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in many publications, including Reader's Digest, Prevention, Men's Health, Better Homes and Gardens, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. The author of four books, Gower is also a contributing editor for Health magazine.

Alice Lesch Kelly is a health writer based in Boston. Her work has been published in magazines such as Shape, Fit Pregnancy, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest, Eating Well, and Health. She is the co-author of three books on women's health. 

Linnea Lundgren has more than 12 years experience researching, writing, and editing for newspapers and magazines. She is the author of four books, including Living Well With Allergies.

Michele Price Mann is a freelance writer who has written for such publications as Weight Watchers and Southern Living magazines. Formerly assistant health and fitness editor at Cooking Light magazine, her professional passion is learning and writing about health.

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