What are the Symptoms of Spider Veins?
The most obvious sign of spider veins is their web-like appearance on the skin. These veins can be red, blue, or purple. Other symptoms include:
- an uncomfortable feeling in the legs
- throbbing, cramping, or aching
- restless legs
- itching around the veins
- skin ulcers
What do Spider Veins Look Like?
Spider veins are often red, blue, or purple; and they have the appearance of a spider web or tree branch. They are commonly found on the face and legs.
When Should you Seek Treatment?
See your doctor if:
- your veins are warm to the touch and very tender
- your veins cause pain
- you are developing sores, rashes, or ulcers on your skin
- skin on your ankle or calf is changing color and thickening
- your spider veins bleed
What Can you Do To Alleviate Spider Vein Symptoms at Home?
Below are some self-care measures you can take to decrease the discomfort caused by spider veins. These same measures may help prevent or slow the development of spider veins, as well. They include:
- Stay active. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs. Your doctor can recommend an appropriate activity level for you.
- Watch your weight and your diet.Loosing excess weight will take pressure off your veins.
- Get support.If you’re going to be on your feet, some doctors may recommend wearing a lightweight compression stocking. Always check with your doctor before treating your condition.
- Elevate your legs.If you can take several short breaks daily to elevate your legs above the level of your heart it can improve the circulation in your legs. Try lying down with your legs resting on three or four pillows.
- Slather on sunscreen.If you have light skin, sun exposure can lead to spider veins on your cheeks or nose, so wear sunscreen to minimize the damage.