Wouldn’t it be great if our body remained in perfect condition forever? Even if it just appeared to be in perfect condition, that would help. But sadly, life doesn’t work like that. As good as the body is at repairing itself, some malfunctions are visually obvious and although they may not be actually harmful, they look bad.
Such is the case with varicose veins and spider veins. The varicose variety are better known and often more upsetting for those who suffer from them. They manifest themselves as bulges, like blue bags of blood raising the skin. Spider veins are like patches of spidery squiggles that emerge like unwanted tattoos on the legs.
The good news is that there are ways of getting rid of these things, and we are going to look at five of them.
But first, a bit of background. The role of veins is to carry blood back to the heart after it has been pumped out by the arteries, done its job and has to return home. Because of the downwards force of gravity, the leg veins have a hard job, and varicose and spider veins are those near the surface which are failing, and in which the blood is accumulating instead of flowing right through.
As with any physical change, if we develop these, it is wise to get them checked out by a doctor. In most cases they are harmless, but they just might have some more alarming origin, so let a professional put you at ease. For instance, deep vein thrombosis is a possible factor.
Statistics show that 55% of women and 45% of men are affected by varicose veins as we get older, and the gender split is about 60-40, women being the more likely to develop them. Pregnancy is a well known contributing cause, and we also tend to inherit the susceptibility from our parents, but all sorts of factors can be responsible. Anything that puts pressure on the legs can be a culprit, and that includes simply standing around for long periods.
Research has yet to come up with the specific cause for varicose veins.To find out for sure if this is what you have, you can ask for a Duplex Ultrasound or angiogram.
Whatever the reason, if you’ve got them you’ve got them, and many people choose to lose them. How you go about that is up to you. Let’s look at some options from the simple and “natural” to the best that science has to offer. The invasive process of “stripping” – a surgeon physically dragging them out – seems rather drastic in this day and age, and fortunately there are natural alternatives now available.
- Leg exercises
Since the problem is in the legs, it helps if those vital limbs are in good shape, so exercise is called for. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, take a brisk walk rather than a bus – that sort of thing can help. And if you’re the gym workout type, ask the instructor for some low impact exercises.
- Compression therapy
This involves wearing compression stockings: special “stockings” (don’t worry, gentlemen, they’re more like long socks really) which gently squeeze the lower leg to force the blood upwards. You soon get used to them and they’re such a simple idea that if they work for you, why not?
Even simpler, and it’s not the sort of diet that spoils your fun, either. Just consume fewer calories, drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in vitamins C and B. The reduced calories will make you lose weight, which is an added bonus for many of us, but take medical advice about how much and how fast to do it. Nothing drastic. Check out this table for proper calorie deficit.
Drinking more water is another thing we’re constantly being advised to do anyway, and it’s freely available, so this one is plain common sense.
As for the vitamins, they’re present in many tasty foods. Vitamin C is famously abundant in oranges and other citrus fruits, and it’s also there in large quantities in pineapples, strawberries and mangoes, among many others. Fruit salad could be the most delicious medicine you’ll ever have.
And let’s not forget the vegetables, particularly green gems like broccoli and kale, plus cauliflower and bell peppers, green and red. All great sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin B tends to be in the savoury category, such as poultry and meat in general. Seafood, dairy products and eggs are all good sources too.
Never heard of it? Many people haven’t. It involves having a special solution injected into the veins, which makes them decay and get absorbed by the body. What happens then is that the body finds new routes for the blood – healthy veins that can take a bit of extra work.
And so to technology’s contribution to our list. Lasers are just tightly focused light, and what they will do in this application is, like the fluid in sclerotherapy, cause the veins to decay and be reabsorbed. It’s quick, virtually painless and available at clinics such as the one you’ll find here: varicose vein removal Whittier.
Have you or a loved one tried one of these treatments? if so, let us know how it went in the comment section below.