Spider veins are an annoyance that so many of us face way too often. If you're not sure if you have spider veins, they are red, blue or purple veins at the surface of the skin, that kind of look like a spider web of veins.
The causes of spider veins, or varicose veins, vary a lot. They could be from prolonged standing, (a lot of nurses and hairdressers get them). They could also be from obesity, birth control pills, bad circulation, pregnancy or even menopause.
If you choose to get these removed by a doctor, they will probably preform laser surgery or sclerotherapy. If you've gotten either of these procedures done before, you probably know that they don't stop the veins from coming back.
Obviously, it is too much to keep going back for these procedures every time these veins reoccur. Most people just live with these veins, avoiding shorts and dresses as much as possible. Luckily, there are home remedies that you can try to minimize the veins, and maybe even get rid of them.
1. Witch hazel
Witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory so, it can be used to shrink the veins. Just apply witch hazel soaked in a cotton ball to the area with the spider veins. Repeat two to three times a day to help reduce the blotchy appearance caused by spider veins.
There was actually a study done on witch hazel on varicose veins and researchers found that it helps keep blood within a damaged vein. They also said that witch hazel has always been used to treat varicose veins.
Ginger works by improving your circulation. It does this by lowering your blood pressure and thinning the blood. A small amount won't do much, but try to implement it in your diet as often as possible. If you are already on blood thinning medication, talk to your doctor before eating large amounts of ginger on a regular basis.
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