Spider veins affect many people, and if you are suffering from them, you are not alone. These veins are particularly common among pregnant women or those who have been through pregnancy. They are also seen in women over 50. While spider veins are a common condition, it does not mean you cannot get treatment. Women who have spider and varicose veins can benefit from numerous treatment plans, including minimally invasive procedures. If spider veins are painful or causing discomfort, a Chalmette spider veins specialist can help you get relief. While there are various available treatment option plans at Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Services, you may want to consider these tips to help you cope with the condition if already affected.
- Stay active
Having regular exercises helps improve circulation within the legs while also reducing your blood pressure. Consider having a schedule of exercises where you participate in simple workouts. Try to walk around after every 30 minutes so that blood keeps on flowing within your veins. If you are seated, try to make the feet flexible to allow the calves to have a good stretch. When exercising, try to focus on low-impact exercises because rigorous exercises can damage the veins. The low-impact exercises should give your calves a stretch out.
- Use compression socks
Wearing compression socks or stockings helps apply pressure to the lower limbs. This, in turn, helps improve the flow of blood to the areas. The stockings help reduce swelling and reduce cramps arising from the damaged veins. Try putting your stockings in the morning since it offers better results. Ensure you wear the socks throughout the day. Attempting to put on stockings after the pain has started may not help much.
- Remain hydrated
You need water to help with blood circulation; drinking fluids may offer relief to spider vein discomforts and pain. Doctors recommend that you drink about half the body’s weight in ounces of water each day. That may seem impossible; however, you need to try getting as close as possible to drinking that much.
- Have cold showers
Get a cold shower to help you wake up your veins – it also wakes things up in general. Starting your day with a cold shower allows the blood vessels to constrict, helping alleviate swelling and pain. While a hot bath after a long day seems your favorite, if you have spider veins, consider a cold shower instead. Hot water will not do any good to your vein problem and it may increase the pain if you soak your body in hot baths.
If spider veins continue to trouble you, you may want to see an experienced vein specialist to help restore your health. At Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Services, meet Dr. Jose Silva, MD, FACC, a board-certified cardiologist. Dr. Silva offers various cardiovascular treatments for health issues including heart attacks, high blood pressure, cardiac interventions, and other vein abnormalities. Your doctor will design a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your unique needs.