As a member of the health care team, a nurse is prone to develop varicose veins and spider veins, because she stands, walks and runs through concrete or hard surface for long periods of time. And spider veins are creeping in my lower extremities now!
Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins
These two types of vein problems, varicose veins and spider veins, are usually caused by weak or damaged valve of the vein, causing poor blood circulation, sweeling and pain in the affected part.
Varicose veins are usually seen on older people, and may looks like a twisted tube of intravenous fluid. It appears generally because of a damaged valve in the vein, causing blood to pool in these veins. As the blood retains on tne valve, the vein becomes larger over time, and at times painful.
Spider veins differs from varicose veins in size and appearance. They look like spider, thus the name, or branches of a tree with may look like purple, blue or red. These veins appears following blood accumulation and leakage around the veins.
Prevention and Management
I tried a number of things to prevent them, but it seems spider webs were appearing on my legs. So, I will share both.
Prevention of Varicose Veins
Compression Stockings for Nurses
Because of being prone to varicose veins and spider veins, compresiion stockings are made spcecially for nurses. They are neat stockings that let nurses move and work efficiently without discomfort. Nurses are ussually adept in where to buy and what brand to choose from when talking about compression stockings. As for me, I don’t usually choosw through brand. As long as it is tight, helps in preventing varicose veins without discomfort, I buy and wear it.
Usually I was tired after a shift, so exercising was not a choice upon arrival at home. I just lift my legs higher than my butt or put them on the coffee table for 15 or 20 minutes. This practice was not effective, I found out later on. I saw an article in registerednursern.com couple of months ago, that says to prevent varicose veins you have to perform ‘leg exercises that use resistance’ like squats or leg curl machine. I did 30 to 50 squats, and I must say it’s paying off.
Management of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Because I see spider veins as a cosmetic problem, I researched on how to reduce, and eventually get rid of their appearance on my legs.
While I rest and lifted my legs with a pillow or with a table, I massage them with an oraganic oil. Coconut oil is a good choice here. This is a simple way to improve circulation, and thus helps in getting rid of spider veins.
Known to improve blood circulation because of its fibrinolytic function, ginger is an effective treatment of choice for spider veins. It aids in the break up of blood protein fibrin, that accumulates in weak or damaged valve of the vein. Blood pressure medicines or boood thinners are not friends with ginger, so consult your doctor first before taking ginger.
How to make ginger as a treatment for spider veins? tophomeremesdies.com suggest to make thin slicies of ginger, and put them on 2 cups of water, then boil. Afterwhich, set it aside for 10 minutes, and add honey. Drinking the concoction while warm is advisable.
There are yoga poses that helps prevent and manage varicose veins and spider veins. I actually prefer mixing yoga and exercise for 30minutes a day. I’d do yoga poses first, then squats. Boat pose (Naukasana), fish pose (Matsyasana), legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) and shoulder supported stand ( Sarvangasana) are among my favorite yoga poses when I am treating my spider veins. I felt a glorious yet calming ‘burn’ after my session.
Seems simple, right?