Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Are you looking to learn more about how to get rid of spider veins? There's a lot of information freely available about this problem nowadays thankfully. The trick is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins. The main difference between the two is that varicose veins tend to be larger and more visible. They end up appearing on various parts of the body such as the legs. 

These veins tend to appear in the leg area because the legs have to carry the rest of the body's weight, blood in this area is being moved against the force of gravity, and the blood needs to get to the heart from faraway places such as the feet. The valves in the veins are forced to work much harder and over time, they may be unable to keep blood from going the wrong way or backing up. It's this blood which ends up giving spider veins their appearance.

So, what would be good to know about how to get rid of spider veins? It would, of course, be good to first discuss the matter with your doctor. She can have a look at the problematic area and the two of you can discuss what changes you can make in order to address the issue. For example, it may be helpful to wear compression stockings in order to provide some additional support to the areas where the veins are appearing. Of course, this is only of use if the problem spot is in your leg area. The amount of pressure you will want these stockings to offer will depend on the circumstances of your problem. Some stockings offer only light pressure, while others apply much more force and support to the area.

Then there is sclerotherapy. This procedure involves your doctor taking a syringe and injecting the affected vein with a particular substance. The chemical will act to prevent blood from flowing back into that vein. Over time, it is expected that the vein itself will become less visible and will fade. Since this treatment is rather targeted, multiple sessions may be needed, depending on the amount of spider veins which need to be treated. Talk with your doctor though about the possible side effects of this procedure.

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