How can I treat varicose and spider veins on my legs at home?

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Adam M. Levine, DO
Interventional Cardiology
Simple methods to treat varicose veins are compression stockings, a good diet and plenty of exercise. You should also avoid long periods of either sitting or standing to help reduce your symptoms. You can find one-size-fits-all compression stockings at your local drug store, however your doctor can also give you a prescription for a more specific type.

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Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Sadly, there are no effective do-it-yourself treatments or topical potions that will diminish the appearance of varicose or spider veins that are already present. Elevating your legs when you're at home can help, but it's no antidote. Wearing support socks or stockings can help as well.

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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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