If one day you notice web-like formations on your legs or ankles, don’t panic. Spider veins might be unsightly, but they are usually harmless and often disappear on their own. They can however cause some uncomfortable sensations, like itching or burning, so many strive to get rid of them. Luckily, there are numerous things you can try at home to diminish and prevent the spidery formations.
Also, don’t feel alone in your experience. About 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men have to deal with some type of vein problem in their lives. Some opt to visit the doctor and get medical treatment, while others prefer the natural approach that can expedite the disappearance of spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias or angioectasias, are similar to varicose veins, but smaller. These tiny veins, found close to the surface of the skin, resemble spider webs or branches of a tree and are usually red, purple or blue.
Most often, spider veins are found on the legs (thighs, back of the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles). This is due to the high pressure that veins in the lower extremities have to endure. Just think about the force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the need to carry blood all the way up to the heart!
Sometimes, spider veins can also develop in other parts of the body such as the face.
Causes of spider veins
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins – some you can influence more easily than others. Risk factors include:
- Family predisposition
- Prolonged standing, sometimes connected with certain professions
- Taking contraceptive pills
- A history of blood clots or circulation problems
- Hormonal influences – they are more common during puberty, pregnancy and menopause
How to get rid of spider veins naturally
Remedies applied directly to the spider veins can help relieve the symptoms and shrink them quickly. Try the following:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
This heavy-weight champion of natural remedies strikes again. A recent study published on 2016 suggested that the external application of apple vinegar on varicosity patients increased the positive effects of conservative treatment.
The patients in the study group were suggested to apply ACV to the area of the leg with varicosity alongside the treatment suggested by the doctor. The patients in the control group received no intervention during the study. After 3 months, the external application of ACV was found to increase the effect of conservative treatment and decrease symptoms without causing any side effects.
- Soak a piece of cloth in raw unprocessed ACV and wrap it around the area with spider webs (precaution – if you have a sensitive skin or apply it to the delicate skin on the face, it’s best to dilute the ACV with water and start with applying it for a shorter period of time to see how your skin reacts).
- Leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove.
- Repeat twice a day until you can no longer see the spider veins.
You can also consume ACV internally.
Drink ACV once or twice a day.
- Take 1 teaspoon raw ACV (if you can tolerate the taste, increase the dosage to up to 1 tablespoon)
- Mix it with a cup of warm water or water at a room temperature and a tsp. of organic honey and drink before meals.
This can help in removing the inflammation of veins. Results may vary but you should be able to see the difference on your skin within a few months.