If you suffer from the effects of varicose or spider veins, you probably have questions. Perhaps you want to know why they developed in the first place, or how to get rid of them. You may wonder, do varicose veins go away on their own? Or, do spider veins go away without treatment?
You are not alone when it comes to venous problems. Varicose veins are a common health issue, affecting an estimated 23 percent of adults in the United States. If you include spider and reticular veins, the vast majority of our population has some form of vein condition. This accounts for 80 percent of men and 85 percent of women.
If you are wondering how these types of problematic veins develop, Dr. Yan Katsnelson, an accomplished cardiac surgeon, can explain. Vein disease, or venous insufficiency, is the underlying cause of varicose and spider veins. When tiny valves in your veins malfunction, vein disease can result.
Vein valves malfunction when your veins are placed under strain. This can begin due to a range of reasons like being overweight or too sedentary. Whatever the reason is for you, your diseased veins will then struggle to pump blood back to your heart.
So, what other factors can place strain on vein valves and lead to this situation? Unfortunately, some of these are genetic and simply out of your control. You may be able to control other factors with weight loss, increased activity, and other lifestyle interventions.
Generally speaking, you are more likely to develop varicose veins if you are:
- A close relative of someone with vein disease
- In possession of a personal history of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Employed in a job that requires prolonged standing or sitting
- Over age 50
- A woman
- Obese or overweight
- Hypertensive (have high blood pressure)
If you have venous insufficiency, blood can begin to pool in certain regions of your body. Most commonly, the legs, ankles, and feet are affected. Over time, you may also notice skin involvement and the development of venous ulcers, or open, non-healing wounds.
Some individuals experience visible or unsightly veins on their legs and ankles. Many suffer from painful or uncomfortable symptoms that worsen when standing or walking around.
Common symptoms of vein disease include:
- Leg pain that feels better when you walk or raise your legs
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Itchy, dry skin
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Tired, aching legs
- Burning in the calf or thigh
- Difficulty standing for long periods
- Non-healing wounds on your legs
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If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or are considered at risk, we recommend contacting your doctor. Untreated venous insufficiency can result in the development of dangerous health conditions like venous ulcers and blood clots.
Can varicose veins go away naturally? Regrettably, varicose and spider veins don’t usually just disappear on their own. You may, however, be able to keep things getting worse with a combination of natural and medical remedies. We recommend visiting a vein specialist to learn how diet, exercise, and better managing underlying health conditions may help.
At USA Vein Clinics, you can also explore your options for minimally-invasive, outpatient vein treatment.
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous if Left Untreated?
Many people believe that varicose veins and vein treatment are purely cosmetic, but this isn’t true. “The reality is that vein disease is progressive and symptoms can worsen over time. Fortunately, vein treatment can prevent symptoms from progressing and causing unnecessary pain, discomfort, or other complications,” states Yan Katsnelson, M.D.
While the presence of varicose veins is not necessarily serious, untreated vein disease can be. Vein disease symptoms can also drastically diminish your overall quality of life.
Some potentially dangerous health issues that diseased veins can give rise to include:
- Serious blood clots called Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Venous ulcers
- Ruptured veins
- Painful or uncomfortable symptoms
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to stand comfortably
- Skin discoloration
- Severe swelling
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
To avoid these problems, we suggest discussing your situation with a medical professional as soon as possible.
Do Varicose Veins Go Away on Their Own?
Varicose and spider veins do not just go away on their own, but they can sometimes become less visible. You may also find that symptoms temporarily go away at times, particularly if you lose weight or increase physical activity. However, your vein symptoms will likely return over time.
Some people believe that compression socks can cure vein disease. This is not the case, but compression socks can help improve poor circulation and reduce leg symptoms like pain and swelling. When you take them off, though, your symptoms will probably return.
Although compression socks can help manage some symptoms, they do not treat the underlying condition –– your vein disease.
Do Varicose Veins Go Away After Pregnancy?
Women who develop malfunctioning veins during pregnancy often find that theirs disappear several months after giving birth. Wearing compression socks may help that process go more quickly.
Will Spider Veins Go Away With Weight Loss?
Because being obese or overweight is associated with varicose and spider veins, losing excess weight can help. Although your visible veins will probably not entirely disappear, you may notice a decrease in your symptoms. You are also more likely to avoid future issues if you maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI).
Do Spider Veins Go Away With Exercise?
Inactivity is another major risk factor when it comes to venous insufficiency. Frequent physical movement throughout the day and daily exercise can effectively boost your circulation. These practices can keep blood from pooling in your lower extremities. With that said, while being active can help prevent matters from getting worse, it is unlikely to resolve your spider or varicose veins.
Minimally-Invasive Vein Disease Treatment at USA Vein Clinics
Above all, we want you to know that there’s no reason to suffer from varicose and spider vein symptoms. We offer a range of minimally-invasive, outpatient treatments that can relieve your pain and discomfort. Most of our vein treatments take only 15 to 30 minutes and are performed at dozens of locations nationwide.
Along with other tried-and-true techniques, we offer state-of-the-art Endovenous Laser Treatment. This method is also known as laser ablation or EVLT, and is considered the gold standard of vein treatment.
EVLT works by closing off malfunctioning veins with the assistance of advanced ultrasound imaging and laser technology. It involves little, if any, discomfort, and you can return to most normal activities immediately afterward.
Our vein specialists care about our patients and the impact of vein disease on life quality. When you’re ready to learn more about your treatment options, we invite you to give us a call at 888-768-3467. If you prefer, you can schedule an initial consultation online. Either way, we look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Yan Katsnelson is a philanthropist, business owner, and highly skilled cardiac surgeon. He is the Founder and CEO of USA Vein Clinics, which is part of USA Clinics Group, the parent company of USA Fibroid Centers, USA Vascular Centers, and USA Oncology Centers with more than 90 facilities nationwide. Dr. Yan has established himself as a strong advocate for accessibility and affordability of the most advanced medical care close to home, and his mission is to create a positive experience for each patient with compassionate, personalized, and expert care.