Spider veins are unsightly and unwelcome. The worst part, spider veins do not discriminate! They affect men and women of any age. Despite effective non-invasive treatment options, many people try at-home remedies before visiting a vein specialists of phlebologist. The million-dollar question is: do home remedies for spider veins work , or should you skip the DIY and head straight to a specialist? Below are some of the most popular spider vein at-home and professional treatments available to help with spider veins.
Popular Home Remedies for Spider Veins
Nutritionists, health food stores and “green living” blogs all tout herbs like horse chestnut, ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, witch hazel and butcher’s broom as natural home remedies for spider veins, varicose veins and other circulation problems.
Unfortunately, the general consensus is these herbal supplements do not work. There are no studies to prove the usefulness of any of the above-mentioned products in treating or preventing spider veins. While there may be other health benefits to these herbs such as less swelling and aching, spider vein improvement is, sadly, not one of them.
Will it hurt to just try them? It could. While most people seem to believe that natural means safe, this isn’t the case. Herbal supplements carry the risk of side effects and could interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications. For these reasons, it’s important to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is advertised as the miracle cure-all for everything from split ends to poor digestion, as well as blemishes and bruises. Some holistic practitioners believe an apple cider vinegar compress can be applied to your spider veins twice daily to increase circulation and diminish spider veins.
This method also has no facts or studies to support its efficacy. While topical application has no negative side effects other than the smell, there is also no real proof it will benefit you.
Proven Spider Vein Treatment Methods
Now that we’ve dispelled some of the popular spider vein at-home treatment myths found on the internet, it’s time to talk about what you can do to rid yourself of those spider veins using methods that are proven to work.
Self-care is the most important step. Maintaining a healthy weight and refraining from sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time can prevent existing spider veins from getting worse. It can also prevent the formation of new spider veins. Compression stockings can further prevent this unsightly condition, and modern compression hose come in a variety of colors, styles and fabrics that are rather fashionable.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard and most popular treatment for spider veins. Cutaneous lasers using the 532 and 1064 wavelength devices are, also, used for treating spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting the affected veins with a medication that sclerosis or seals them off, which causing them to fade over time. Typically 2 to 3 treatments are often indicated.
Non-invasive laser treatments use strong bursts of intense light on the vein, causing it to fade over time and gradually disappear. More than 3 treatments are often needed to achieve similar results as sclerotherapy.
The average response to spider vein treatment is fading of the visible spider veins betweens 70 and 80 percent. In inexperienced hands overlooking underlying venous disease can lead to poor outcomes. If you have visible varicose veins, leg swelling or pain a screening exam of the legs would detect underlying disease which should be treated first before beginning spider vein therapy.
Spider veins may be unsightly, but they can be easily and effectively treated by a professional vein specialist. Schedule a consultation with Vein Specialists of the South in Middle Georgia to determine the best spider vein treatment options for you that are proven and recommended by the top vein specialists in the country.
Our founder, Dr. Kenneth Harper, is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is recognized as a Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, the Medical Association of Georgia, American College of Phlebology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and others. Contact us today for a consultation or further information about vein problems like spider or varicose veins, vein ulcers, leg swelling and circulatory issues.