Can Spider Veins Be Prevented?

Spider veins usually don’t lead to health issues or problematic symptoms, but they aren't attractive. They form when valves in your veins become weakened or faulty, allowing blood that should flow back to your heart to pool in your veins. 

Eventually, this pooled blood becomes visible through your skin, causing red spider or web-like marks to appear. Women develop spider veins more often than men do. Almost 80% of women will have had them by the time they’re 80.

Spider veins and varicose veins, a more substantial variation of spider veins that bulge, can appear anywhere on your body. But they usually appear on your legs and sometimes your face. 

Often, spider veins produce no symptoms other than their appearance. In other cases, spider veins and varicose veins can be painful and itchy.

Fortunately, you can do things to reduce your risk of developing spider veins and varicose veins. Our vascular experts at Suffolk Vascular & Vein share the most effective ways to prevent spider veins.

Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen is beneficial for many reasons, including skin cancer prevention. Here’s yet another reason to make sure you never leave home without sunscreen: It can help protect you against spider veins, especially on your face.

Lose weight

Being overweight or obese puts pressure on your veins. This pressure can adversely affect their functioning, making valves weak and leading to spider and varicose veins. Losing weight relieves some of this pressure.

Don’t stand for long periods

Standing for long periods, whether for work or during your leisure time, can interfere with proper blood flow. Sit to take breaks during standing periods to give your blood a circulation boost.

Exercise regularly

Exercising is healthy in a multitude of ways. It can be a part of your weight loss program and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also gets your blood moving and decreases your risk of unsightly veins.

Don’t wear tight shoes or clothing

Besides being uncomfortable, high heels, tight shoes, and tight clothing can restrict blood flow. Do you self a favor and ditch those high heels and clothes that restrict your movements and wear comfortable low shoes and clothing.

Don’t cross your legs while sitting

You may not even realize you’re sitting with your legs crossed, but doing so for too long can slow blood flow in your legs. This may lead to vessel damage and weakening of the vein valves. 

Try to sit with your legs bent in front of you, and make a conscious effort not to cross them for long periods of time. 

Do you have spider veins or varicose veins that you want to eliminate? Call us at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center to make an appointment or request one online through this website. Our offices are located in Port Jefferson, Riverhead, and Hauppauge, New York.

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