Busting 4 Myths about Spider Vein Prevention
- Posted on: Jun 15 2016
Many of the women we speak with complain of unattractive spider veins. The clusters of small veins that branch out from a singular point of origin are not a physically uncomfortable problem. They are, in many cases, an issue that creates a great deal of emotional discomfort. You do not have to feel embarrassed about showing your legs. At The Vein Clinic, you can explore your options for treatment that gets the job done. Here, we want to bust some myths about spider vein prevention so you do not miss your opportunity to put an end to these unsightly veins with professional care.
- Spider veins can be prevented with regular exercise. Because exercise is touted as a way to decrease the risk of varicose veins and other venous diseases, it makes sense why people would find merit in this statement. Alas, exercise is not a preventative measure against spider veins. This is largely because these vein bundles are more of a hormone or genetic risk than one associated with weight and cardiovascular fitness.
- Spider veins can be prevented with sunscreen use. It is true that the UV rays in sunlight, as well as the UV exposure that comes from tanning bed use, is a minor factor in the development of spider veins. Because exposure is also a major risk factor for skin cancer and premature aging, we recommend the daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen. However, one cannot expect this habit to prevent spider veins altogether.
- If you eat well, you will not get spider veins. This is a complete myth. Research has made the association between spider veins and genetics, spider veins and hormones, and even spider veins and sun (to a small degree). To date, no correlation has been made between dietary habits and spider veins. Eat healthy to live healthy and feel great, not to prevent spider veins.
- If you sit or stand too long, or cross your legs, you will get spider veins. Sitting and standing for long stretches of time can, in fact, increase your risk for varicose veins, but not spider veins. When you cross your legs at the knee, you inhibit blood flow and increase your risk for varicose veins, but not spider veins. These tiny clusters can develop on other parts of the body, indicating that other factors are involved.
Whether you have spider veins or varicose veins, or both, you can find the care you need at The Vein Clinic. Call (803) 253-8667.