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My mother and sister both have spider veins on their thighs and knees. Is there anything I can to do prevent spider veins as I get older?
No way that I am aware of except perhaps support stockings or avoiding pregnancy. These will generally occur if you have the congenital predisposition.
Yes and no. Spider veins and all vein disease has a genetic component. So veins will appear regardless what you do to prevent them. However, eliminating underlying large diseased veins will greatly reduce the rate at which new spider veins appear.
Wearing compression hose will slow the progression of varicose veins.
There is no scientific proof that there are effective ways to prevent spider veins from occurring.
I know of no treatment that prevents spider veins. They tend to reoccur with time. There are some preemptive measure patients can take to try and reduce the occurrence of spider veins such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, wearing some form of compression most days etc., but none will guarantee the prevention of spider veins unfortunately.
There is nothing that you can do to absolutely prevent spider veins since there is a strong genetic component. However, there are many measures that you can do for good vein care such as exercise, keeping the weight down and wearing compression stockings. Other things such as injury and pregnancies may be unavoidable.
Most spider veins are hereditary but there are a few things that can make them worse. Prolonged standing, obesity and sedentary lifestyle are all modifiable risk factors. In addition, if there is an underlying problem, such as venous reflux or insufficiency, this will often result in an increase in the visible vein problems that patients are concerned about. So, while it is difficult to prevent spider veins, they can be successfully treated and controlled.
Stay fit. Obesity is a risk factor for developing vein problems.
Stay active.Exercise helps keep your vein in good shape.
Other factors like injury to the legs and pregnancies can influence the development of vein problems.