With summer fast approaching and the weather starting to warm up (yay!), the winter wear has officially been put away to make room for the shorts and skirts. Now what do these types of garments have in common? Yes, they each begin with “S”. But they also all happen to be clothing that exposes your legs. So for those who are experiencing the appearance of spider veins in their legs, summer can be an “S” they’d rather avoid.
You don’t have to spend your summer wearing long pants. There is another “S” that can take care of your spider vein problem. Sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” when it comes to eliminating both large spider veins (also known as “telangiectasiae”) as well as smaller varicose leg veins. Sclerotherapy isn’t a laser treatment, by the way. Instead, it involves the injection of a “sclerosing solution” in the veins.
The solution works to close up the “feeder veins” underneath the skin that cause spider veins to form. Patients then have their legs compressed with stockings or bandages for a couple of weeks and are encouraged to do a lot of walking during that time. Now if you don’t yet see any spider veins in your legs, there are a few things that you can do to prevent them. WikiHow.com offers up a few tips.
1. Don’t inhibit circulation in your legs. This includes moving around and not staying in the same position for too long. “The veins in your legs have to work against gravity to carry blood back to your heart,” says the website. So it’s important to not sit or stand in one spot for too long a time. You’ll also want to avoid crossing your legs as it cuts off circulation and puts extra stress on your veins.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. Keeping your feet cozy isn’t just good for your back and your posture. It’s also a great way to improve the circulation in your legs. As WikiHow.com notes, shoes that pinch or inhibit blood flow can contribute to the appearance of spider veins in your legs. You’ll want to avoid high heels and tight boots to remain spider vein-free.
3. Wear compression hose. According to the website, compression hose provides additional support to your legs and can aid in the circulation of blood. This helps to prevent your veins from getting strained. Compression hose applies pressure to certain spots of your legs to promote circulation. Some can actually be prescribed by a doctor, notes WikiHow.com.
4. Take care of your skin. This is a tip always worth taking. It should go without saying that with the sun beating down on your skin this summer, you’ll need to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. The website notes that healthy skin is less susceptible to appearances of spider veins. Be sure to moisturize your skin to keep it from drying out as well.
5. Eliminate foods that make you retain water. According to WikiHow.com, that includes foods that are high in salt (including fried foods and canned soups) and alcoholic drinks. Instead, eat more fibre. That would include a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains (like steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa and oat bran) as well as fibre supplements. Exercise, in addition to a healthy diet, by the way, is always helpful.
And if all else fails, don’t hesitate to call Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 to learn more about Sclerotherapy and book a consultation.