PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are some lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms of varicose and spider veins?

ANSWER

  • Not standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break.
  • Losing extra weight to improve blood flow and ease pressure on your veins.
  • Not wearing tight clothing, especially around your waist, upper thighs, and legs.
  • Not wearing high heels for long periods.
  • Elevating legs while sitting, resting, or sleeping -- ideally, to a level above your heart.
  • Avoiding crossing your legs at your knees and ankles.
  • Doing physical activities that move your legs.

From: Varicose and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How can compression stockings help in treating varicose and spider veins?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.