While there has been much research in blood vessel disorders, a combination of nature versus nurture is what causes varicose veins. The blue spider webs comprised of surface layer blood vessels can be caused by genetics, an inefficient vascular system, age, vitamin deficiency, prolonged periods of standing, and/or hormones. Genetics aside, there can be numerous reasons for each of these different causes of spider veins.
As for the actual causes of varicose veins from within the body, it’s actually pretty simple. Blood vessels have valves within that keep the blood flowing in one direction. These valves stop the blood from flowing in the opposite direction or from pooling up in any one area. Over time, these valves break down in some people. They can no longer keep the blood flowing in the right direction to continue circulating throughout the body. As a result, blood vessels swell and become larger due to the increased volume of fluid. This creates pressure and oftentimes pain, additional swelling of the legs, rashes, and other minor skin irritations.
Can We Prevent the Causes of Varicose Veins?
So what happens if you already have unsightly spider veins that may or may not be causing discomfort? Read more about natural remedies for varicose veins on the next page.
So, what does living a healthy lifestyle look like exactly? As science and nutrition continues to evolve and specialists learn more about how our bodies work, we are finding that the old ‘food pyramid’ standard is no longer viable for the general public. Furthermore, our bodies’ nutritional requirements change as we age, and so do our lifestyles. For example, when we were once fairly active throughout our daily lives, we might now be less active and lead fairly sedentary lifestyles. So, for each person, preventing any single varicose veins cause is going to look a little different from someone else.
Treating Varicose Veins
While there are a few surgical options available, most people are opting for a more natural treatment. These home remedies are obviously a lot less intrusive and require no down time or periods of recovery. They are a lot less expensive than surgery and oftentimes can be bought at your local pharmacy. A lot of people have found that horse chestnut for varicose veins works well when it is applied topically (in a cream or extract), while others have found that stockings for varicose veins give them just enough relief so that they can manage their lives easier.