Varicose veins are uncomfortable, enlarged veins that appear for a number of different reasons including pregnancy and family history. Having surgery to correct these veins is not something that people want to immediately jump to.
By implementing the 8 home remedies below, you may be able to take control of your varicose veins and alleviate the discomfort without surgery. You may even be able to prevent getting them in the first place if your family is predisposed to them.
1. Get moving. WebMD recommends exercise for helping with varicose veins. Since poor circulation is a problem in creating the vein issues, getting out and exercising helps improve the circulation in your legs.
2. Avoid leg crossing. Crossing your legs puts pressure on the legs and can create problems with the circulation. According to the Mayo Clinic, avoiding crossing your legs may help alleviate varicose vein discomfort.
3. Elevate your legs. Making time throughout the day to get your legs above your heart can also improve your circulation according to the Mayo Clinic. WebMD says to elevate those legs to help prevent and treat varicose veins.
4. Avoid sitting. Good circulation is key to helping prevent and treat varicose vein issues. Sitting and standing for long periods is hard on the circulation, so Healthline says to avoid sitting or standing too long at a time.
5. Control your weight. Being overweight puts unnecessary pressure on the veins. Keeping yourself at a healthy weight is a Mayo Clinic recommendation.
6. Loose the salt. Salt makes food taste so good, but it also causes the body to retain extra fluid. As the body ages, eliminating the extra fluid gets harder and harder, increasing the likelihood of varicose veins. If you already have varicose veins, the fluid retention caused by too much salt can make the veins even more uncomfortable according to the Mayo Clinic.
7. Embrace flats. High heels may look great, but the Mayo Clinic says that flats actually "work calf muscles more, which is better for your veins." Avoiding clothing that puts too much pressure around the waist, legs or groin is also recommended.
8. Use compression stockings. Since avoiding pressure on the legs is recommended, you would think that compression stockings would be out, but Healthline says that they are tight in the feet and loosen as they go up the leg. This provides good support and encourages circulation which is key in treating varicose veins.
You don't have to resign yourself to unsightly, painful varicose veins just because everyone else in your family has had them. By taking measures ahead of time, you may be able to avoid them altogether.
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