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How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins Naturally

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How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins Naturally June 11, 2018

Aging comes with its own set of troubles. One such condition that is more common among the aging lot is spider veins, which can take a toll on physical health and well-being. However, do not worry. There are natural and effective ways to treat and prevent this condition. Read on to find out what they are.

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What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are dilated veins (resembling a spider web) found on the surface of the skin. They usually go undiagnosed unless there are other symptoms associated with their appearance. Spider veins are often associated with throbbing and restless legs, which can get quite bothersome and require attention. This condition is more common among individuals above 50 years of age. However, even young adults can be affected by this condition (1).

But what causes them?

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What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are common in both men and women. They occur as a result of weakened valves in the veins, which otherwise enable blood flow through the veins. Damaged valves result in the swelling of veins, and these develop into spider veins (2). Some of the most common causes of this condition include:

  • Aging
  • A family history of spider veins (heredity)
  • Professions that require standing for a long time
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Tight clothing
  • Increased BMI (Obesity)
  • Any prior history of blood clots
  • Constipation

Other than being unsightly to look at, spider veins may also be accompanied by a series of symptoms that can become bothersome in the long run (3).

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Symptoms Of Spider Veins

  • Itching around the affected area
  • Aching legs
  • Unusual restlessness in the legs
  • Ulcers on the skin
  • Rashes around the affected area
  • Veins paining on contact
  • Changes in the skin around the ankles or calves

But aren’t these symptoms similar to that of varicose veins? How are spider veins different? Let’s find out below.

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Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins

The two most commonly occurring vein conditions are spider veins and varicose veins. Many often get confused between the two types. To help you decide which of the two you are actually suffering from, here are some of major differences between spider veins and varicose veins.

Spider VeinsVaricose Veins
These are tangled groups of blood vessels that occur just below the surface of your skin.This condition is much more unsightly in appearance than spider veins.
They often resemble a spider web or the branches of a tree.Varicose veins are often bumpy and rope-like in appearance.
They may be red, blue, or purple and are often present on the thighs, lower legs, and face. They can also occur on your breasts, ankles, and feet.Like spider veins, varicose veins can be blue, red or even flesh-colored in some cases. They usually occur in the back of the calves or on the inner legs between the groin and the ankles.
They hardly cause any other symptoms. But in some cases, spider veins can cause an itching or burning sensation.Common symptoms of varicose veins include leg pain, cramps, fatigue, heaviness in the legs, swelling, itching, burning, and even ulcers in severe cases.
Spider veins are caused by a medical condition called venous insufficiency.As in the case of spider veins, the main cause of varicose veins is venous insufficiency.

The following are the factors that can increase put an individual at a higher risk of developing spider veins.

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Who Is At A Risk Of Developing Spider Veins?

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing spider veins. They include:

  • A family history of spider veins or deep vein thrombosis
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Tight clothing
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to excessive heat
  • Gender (Women are at a higher risk than men.)

To treat spider veins and its symptoms successfully and at the earliest, it is important to get yourself diagnosed first. How is that done?

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How To Diagnose Spider Veins

Your doctor may perform a physical examination that involves looking at your legs while you are standing to check for any swelling.

You may also need to get an ultrasound test done to check whether your vein valves are functioning normally and if there are any blood clots.

Your doctor can also suggest some treatments to improve the appearance of spider veins. They include:

  • Laser therapy – This targets the wider vessels and seals them.
  • Surgery to remove the widened vessels.
  • Sclerotherapy – It involves injecting a chemical into the inner lining of the blood vessels to cause damage to it.

As spider veins are more of a cosmetic concern than medical, many affected individuals are seen opting for surgery to get rid of their unsightly appearance. However, following some simple and natural remedies, along with a few lifestyle changes, can help deal with this condition without having to go under the knife (4).

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Home Remedies To Treat Spider Veins Naturally

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Witch Hazel
  3. Massage Oils
  4. Epsom Salt
  5. Hot Or Cold Compress
  6. Grape Seed Extract
  7. Garlic
  8. Green Tomatoes
  9. Ginger
  10. Ginkgo Biloba
  11. Horse Chestnut
  12. Japanese Pagoda Tree Extract
  13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda
  14. Oak Bark Tea
  15. Alternative Teas
  16. Tea Tree Oil
  17. Saline Injection
  18. Turmeric

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Pinit

You Will Need
  • A clean piece of cloth
  • ACV
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a clean piece of cloth and soak it in ACV.
  2. Wrap this around the affected areas.
  3. Leave this on for about 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) improves blood flow in the affected area, thus helping you get rid of spider veins.

Caution

Due to the acidic nature of ACV, it is recommended to do a patch test on your skin before following this remedy.

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2. Witch Hazel

2. Witch Hazel Pinit

You Will Need
  • Cotton pads
  • Witch hazel
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a cotton pad and soak it in witch hazel.
  2. Dab this directly on the spider veins and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is a natural astringent and is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The spider veins shrink and become less visible on the topical application of this oil. Witch hazel contains tannins and volatile oils, both of which can reduce inflammation and heal the inflamed veins (5).

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3. Massage Oils

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One of the basic and most efficient ways to treat spider veins is by massaging the affected area. Massaging the affected area improves blood flow and diminishes the appearance of spider veins.

a. Castor Oil

You Will Need

Cold compressed castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply cold compressed castor oil directly to the affected areas.
  2. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Follow this regimen 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Being anti-inflammatory and stimulating in nature, castor oil improves blood circulation. This property can treat spider veins and reduce their appearance.

Tip

Use cold compressed castor oil as this is its purest form.

b. Coconut Oil

You Will Need

Cold compressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some coconut oil and warm it by rubbing it between your hands.
  2. Massage it onto the affected areas.
  3. Continue massaging for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this daily for best results.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is one of the best natural sources of antioxidants. It improves blood flow, thus treating spider veins (6).

Caution

Cold compressed coconut oil is recommended due to its refined composition.

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4. Epsom Salt

4. Epsom Salt Pinit

You Will Need
  • 2-3 cups of Epsom salt
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two to three cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater.
  2. Soak in it and relax for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, you can pour a cup of Epsom salt in a bucket filled with water and use it to soak your legs.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 to 4 times a week.

Why This Works

Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is well known for its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties (7). The magnesium content in this salt helps to treat the inflamed spider veins and reduces their appearance. However, Epsom salt is to be only used externally and should not be ingested.

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5. Hot Or Cold Compress

5. Hot Or Cold Compress Pinit

You Will Need

Hot/Cold compress

What You Have To Do
  1. In case there is a blood clot in any of the spider veins, elevate your leg and use a hot compress on the affected area.
  2. A cold compress is usually used when there is an injury on the area affected by spider veins.
How Often You Should Do This

Use according to your symptoms.

Why This Works

A hot compress removes clots and promotes blood flow while a cold compress reduces inflammation and minimizes bruising around the spider veins.

Caution

Elevate your leg while applying a compress. This is to avoid pooling of blood in the affected area.

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6. Grape Seed Extract

6. Grape Seed Extract Pinit

You Will Need

Grape seed extract supplement (liquid or capsule form)

What You Have To Do

Take 720 mg of grape seed extract.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume this supplement daily.

Why This Works

The seeds of black or red grapes are rich in bioflavonoids called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) (7). These complexes are known to treat spider veins by promoting the circulation of blood while reducing inflammation.

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7. Garlic

7. Garlic Pinit

You Will Need
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
What You Have To Do
  1. Take six cloves of garlic and mince them to form a fine paste.
  2. Mix this paste with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and massage onto the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this procedure daily for best results.

Why This Works

Garlic is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its ability to enhance blood circulation helps in the treatment of spider veins (8).

For best results, you can also include garlic in your diet.

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8. Green Tomatoes

8. Green Tomatoes Pinit

You Will Need
  • Green tomatoes
  • Bandage
What You Have To Do
  1. Wash the tomatoes.
  2. Slice them into rings and place them on the affected areas.
  3. Wrap the entire area with a bandage.
  4. Leave it on until you feel a tingling sensation in the covered area.
  5. Remove the bandage and wash your skin thoroughly with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 4 times a day.

Why This Works

Green tomatoes enhance blood circulation in the affected areas. The seeds of these tomatoes contain an acidic substance that helps in this regard. This substance acts as a natural anticoagulant, helps improve blood flow, and reduces inflammation.

Caution

Do not wrap the bandage too tightly around the spider veins.

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9. Ginger

9. Ginger Pinit

You Will Need
  • 1 inch ginger
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the ginger into small pieces and add to a glass of boiling water.
  2. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the water and add honey to taste.
  4. Consume this water immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 to 3 times a day.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ginger are due to the presence of a compound called gingerol. These properties make ginger one of the best natural ways to combat spider veins (9).

You can also include ginger in your daily diet.

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10. Ginkgo Biloba

10. Ginkgo Biloba Pinit

You Will Need

40 mg ginkgo extract supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume 40 mg of ginkgo extract.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume this 3 times a day.

Why This Works

Ginkgo biloba contains active ingredients that are known to strengthen the tissues of the vein walls. It is also used to improve blood circulation, and can thus be used for treating spider veins as well.

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11. Horse Chestnut

11. Horse Chestnut Pinit

You Will Need

Aescin supplement (50mg)

What You Have To Do

Consume 50 mg of aescin supplement on a daily basis.

How Often You Should Do This

Have this twice daily.

Why This Works

Being a flowering plant, horse chestnut contains a component called aescin. This extract strengthens the tissues of the vein walls and reduces inflammation caused by spider veins. It is also involved in the active regeneration of weak or damaged veins (10).

Tip

You can top this with one of the topical remedies.

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12. Japanese Pagoda Tree Extract

12. Japanese Pagoda Tree Extract Pinit

You Will Need

Japanese pagoda extract and its supplement

What You Have To Do

You can either take Japanese pagoda tree extract as a supplement or apply it topically.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily.

Why This Works

Japanese pagoda extract increases the circulation of blood and strengthens the veins.

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13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda

13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda Pinit

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two tablespoons of lemon juice to a glass of water.
  2. Add baking soda to this mixture.
  3. At this point, the solution becomes fizzy.
  4. Once the fizz reduces, you can go ahead and consume this solution.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink 2 to 3 glasses of this mixture daily.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and is often used as a blood purifier. Baking soda is alkaline and is often used for its neutralizing properties (11). A combination of these compounds was found to relieve and treat spider veins.

Tip

Alternatively, you can apply lemon topically on the affected areas.

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14. Oak Bark Tea

14. Oak Bark Tea Pinit

You Will Need
  • Oak bark tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some oak bark tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume one cup of oak bark tea daily.

Why This Works

Being rich in many vitamins and minerals, white oak bark tea is quite popular for its healing properties. One of its greatest advantages is its ability to stabilize and strengthen veins. Thus, oak bark tea is used in the treatment of spider veins as well.

Tip

You can also apply this tea topically with a cloth compress. Once absorbed by the skin, it can relieve symptoms associated with spider veins.

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15. Alternative Teas

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a. Green Tea

You Will Need
  • Green tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some green tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink 2 cups of green tea daily.

Why This Works

Green tea is one of the best natural antioxidants. This property makes it suitable to treat a variety of ailments, including spider veins. It can reduce inflammation and strengthen the vein walls (11).

b. Chamomile Tea

You Will Need
  • Chamomile tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some chamomile tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink chamomile tea daily for best results.

Why This Works

Chamomile tea has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat spider veins and their symptoms (12).

Tip

Chamomile tea can also be soaked in a cloth and wrapped around the spider veins for faster recovery.

c. Witch Hazel

You Will Need
  • Witch hazel tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some witch hazel tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this tea daily for best results.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel help in treating the inflamed spider veins (13).

Tip

Alternatively, witch hazel oil can also be applied topically to relieve symptoms associated with spider veins.

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16. Tea Tree Oil

16. Tea Tree Oil Pinit

You Will Need

Tea tree oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some tea tree oil in your palms and massage it onto the areas affected by spider veins.
  2. You can also add aloe vera or any other carrier oil for the massage.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Thus, it can be used for treating spider veins and relieving the inflammation and discomfort associated with them.

Tip

Tea tree oil, when combined with aloe vera, can also moderately treat spider veins.

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17. Saline Injections

17. Saline Injections Pinit

You Will Need

Saline injections (Sclerotherapy)

What You Have To Do
  1. This process mainly involves injecting a saline solution into the affected veins.
  2. At times, this step is followed by compressing the injected area with bandages or stockings.
How Often You Should Do This

As suggested by your physician.

Why This Works

Saline injections, also referred to as sclerotherapy, have been used for treating spider veins for centuries. Injecting a saline solution into the affected veins results in the damage of the inner vein walls. This leads to inflammation and clotting of blood in the veins, and the spider veins lose their color and diminish in appearance (14).

Caution

Take these injections only under medical supervision.

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18. Turmeric

18. Turmeric Pinit

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 glass of milk
What You Have To Do

Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of hot milk and consume daily.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this daily for best results.

Why This Works

Turmeric contains a phytochemical called curcumin, which is rich in antioxidants and imparts anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to it. These properties help treat spider veins and relieve the symptoms.

Tip

You can also mix turmeric with water and apply it directly to the affected areas.

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While these remedies work their magic, taking precautions and preventing the condition in the first place will do no harm. Here are some tips that may help.

How To Prevent Spider Veins

  • Always wear a sunscreen to limit the spider veins on your face.
  • Exercise daily to improve the blood circulation in your legs.
  • Keep a check on your weight.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Do not sit for long durations.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing.
  • Wear support stockings.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for a long duration.
  • Follow a low-salt, high-fiber diet.

If you follow the above tips and remedies discussed in this post, you will see your spider veins vanish in no time.

Hope this article helped address all your doubts and queries related to spider veins. For more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us through the comments section below.

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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Can spider veins go away on their own?

No, spider veins do not heal without treatment.

What can happen if spider veins are not treated?

If left untreated, spider veins may start to swell and pain. The symptoms can also become worse if not attended to immediately (15).

What happens if you pop a spider vein?

Under medical supervision, a spider vein may be popped by a needle. However, if a spider veins pops due to an injury, apply an ice compress to the affected area immediately to avoid further bleeding.

Can spider veins cause swollen ankles?

If spider veins are present inside the ankle, there is a possibility of a more serious underlying condition. In this case, swelling and inflammation of the ankles are quite common and need to be treated immediately (16).

Can you tattoo over spider veins?

Tattooing over spider veins is usually done to hide their appearance. However, this increases the risk of vein damage and infection in that area (17).

Are compression stockings good for spider veins?

Yes, compression stockings are good for spider veins and help relieve the symptoms associated with it. They are especially helpful for those who need to sit for a long time as they promote blood flow (18).

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