Are there simple ways to treat my varicose and spider veins?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are a few things to do to prevent and treat spider veins. Learn more about spider veins in this video with Dr. Oz.

With thin skin, these unsightly swollen vessels are easily seen. Before jumping to surgery however, there are a few simple steps that can relieve pain and even help prevent more of these veins from popping up. Special support stockings can do wonders, especially if you're on your feet all day. Simple changes in your lifestyle will help as well, including weight loss, keeping your skin healthy and avoiding high-salt foods that cause swelling.

Continue Learning about Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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