Spider veins are enlarged veins that are often red or blue in color. They get their name from their resemblance to a spider web, and typically appear on the legs and face. Varicose veins are a similar condition, but appear larger in size.
This vein condition is caused by hormone changes that come with age, exposure to the sun, and injuries. As many as 50% of women and 45% of men in the US have some kind of vein problem, so if you have noticed spider veins, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
You can’t always prevent spider veins, but here are some useful tips for helping to reduce the likelihood that you will get them:
- Exercise regularly. This helps with your leg strength, blood circulation, and vein health. Since spider veins occur most often in the legs, running and walking are especially good.
- Wear sunscreen. One cause of spider veins is excessive sun exposure, so wearing sunscreen protects your veins from harmful UV rays.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Too much salt intake increases the chances of acquiring spider veins, and being overweight exerts unhealthy pressure on your leg veins.
- Elevate your legs. When you’re sitting down to watch TV, read a book, or just relax, prop up your legs to ease the pressure on your leg veins.
If you’re suffering from spider veins and need treatment, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.