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.
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.
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.
Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of spider veins.
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.Cut 1 inch of fresh ginger root into thin pieces.
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