Varicose veins and spider veins are super common and affect almost everyone I know. Some are more bothered than others. Medically speaking, there is only one reason to do vein procedures and that is symptoms. Varicose vein symptoms can include leg pain, leg cramps, restless legs, and leg swelling to name a few. Advanced symptoms or signs include skin color changes or eczema, leg ulcerations and bleeding varicosities. We know that vein procedures are quite effective and vein doctor offer some of the most advanced techniques available. However, a large number of patients do not require procedures in the absence of symptoms but are curious about what they can do at home to remedy some mild itching or discomfort.
Here is a list of common home remedies to help soothe irritative varicose veins:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
We do not recommend ACV for spider veins. Despite various claims, there is no science to back up this belief. Because of the acidic nature of ACV, there can also be skin irritation. Circulation is not improved and varicose veins are not likely to shrink away with ACV.
- Cayenne Peppers
While it can be a rich source of vitamin C, the ingestion of cayenne peppers is likely to do little more than cause stomach irritation. Support is weak for this home remedy.
- Horse Chestnut extract
Along with essential oils, horse chestnut has anti-inflammatory effects and thus can feel soothing for uncomfortable or itchy spider and varicose veins. Just don’t expect them to disappear.
This one is a sure bet to helping the legs feel better. Promoting circulation is the key to relieve any varicose vein leg pain. Exercise improves the tone of the calf muscles as well which again promotes healthy movement of blood. Key point is to avoid sitting or standing in one position for too long.
- Avoid crossing your legs
Crossing your legs alone will not cause spider or varicose veins. However if you suffer from poor vein circulation, then tightening your legs or sitting in one position for an extended period of time can inhibit blood circulation and trigger more pain.
- Witch Hazel
Can have a soothing or cooling effect on your legs and that can feel nice on spider veins. However, like essential oils or cayenne peppers, don’t expect veins to disappear.
At this time, there are very few things that are sure fire DIY measures for curing vein disease. Still hoping here that CBD may be an option for varicose vein relief, but the jury is still out. In the meantime, for mild disease or those interested in getting some extra relief, a trial with essential oils or horse chestnut extract can be considered. If the symptoms persist or worsen, it’s best to make an appointment with the vein doctor for further evaluation and treatment.