Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally

The Two Steps System to Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally

Get Rid of Varicose Veins NaturallyBy Marc Livingston

Are you frustrated that no matter all the attention you give to your legs, your veins continue to worsen?

I had the same exact frustration not too long ago. My biggest fear was not finding a solution and ending up with legs so bad when I’m older than I could not use them! Our legs are an important part of our body.

So I asked myself: how do you really relief yourself from the pain? And how do you prevent the formation of varicose veins and spider veins?

Venous disease may have multiple contributing factors. From body postures to emotions, many things affect your circulation. But all the factors can be divided into two steps. Follow those two steps and you will not only get rid of varicose veins, but also get healthy looking legs for the rest of your life. Here are the two steps:

Note: An extra first step may be required if some of your veins are already enlarged past a certain point. If that is your case, get them treated first. Otherwise, your older varicose veins may undermine the effort you will put by applying the two steps system on this page.

 Step 1: Reduce the pressure on your veins

To get rid of varicose veins naturally, you first need to reduce the pressure on your veins. Your veins, especially those in your legs, have to pump the blood “up hill” to the heart, against gravity. If you are prone to varicose veins, this extra work on your lower body can cause your veins to enlarge.

Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the pressure your veins have to endure. Talk with your doctor to see which of the options of STEP 1 are best for you.

  •  Exercise correctly
Swimming to get rid of varicose veins naturally

Swimming is one of the best way to eliminate pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins

Some sports are not recommended due to their impact on the legs. Short impacts can block the blood flow and amplify the pressure on your veins.

If for any reason you want to continue practicing the sports that are not recommended, make sure to wear compression stocking and reinforce your veins with the right supplements.

Other sports, such as skiing, are not recommended because the boots immobilize the feet and prevent the calf muscles from pumping the blood back up.

Breathing is also very important to prevent varicose veins during a workout. If you block your breathing when applying force during an exercise, you are causing intense pressure on your venous system. Remember to always breathe out when exerting effort. Never hold your breath.

Recommended Swimming, fast-paced walking, biking, tai chi, yoga and stretching
Not Recommended Skiing and water skiing, squash, tennis, football, weightlifting, boxing, karate,
judo, taekwondo, stairmaster, running
  • Wear the right pair of shoes

Shoes can make all the difference. Look for shoes that have low heals. Wearing low-heeled shoes actually helps tone your calf muscles, promoting better circulation in your legs. Some new shoes, being marketed to women who want to improve the appearance of their legs and buttocks while walking, are also helpful for anyone who want to get rid of varicose veins naturally.

Now that we are talking about clothes, don’t wear any underwear or pants that are tight at the waist or in the groin.  This acts as a tourniquet that restricts blood flow and can increase your risk of developing varicose veins.

  • Drinking water helps to lose weight

    Keep a reusable water bottle at your side at work and while working out.

    Maintaining a healthy body weight

Excess weight is another risk factor that may possibly changes the percentage of individuals who will develop varicose veins or spider veins. By keeping body weight down to manageable levels and maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program, you will be able to keep the pressure on your veins to a minimum.

Obese people report more symptoms such as pain (aching, throbbing). The importance of symptoms are proportional to the person’s body mass index.

A quick way to know if you have a healthy weight is to measure your own body mass index (BMI). Use this link to easily calculate your BMI.

  • Drink enough water throughout the day

Drinking water helps to soften the stools. When you pass stools more easily, you put less strain on the leg veins which will also help prevent hemorrhoids. Additionally, drinking water is a great way to lose weight and shed those extra pounds.

Keep a reusable water bottle at your side at work and while working out. A little bit of water often is better than a lot of water once in a while.

  •  Wear compression stockings

Not a new solution, but still one of the best! I wouldn’t go anywhere without a pair of compression stockings to keep my legs strong throughout the day. They definitively helped me to get rid of varicose veins. To learn more about compression stockings, including the best place to buy them, read this page .

  • Elevate the foot of your bed

When you are lying down at night, an easy way to reduce the pressure on your legs is to elevate them above your heart. A simple way to do that is to add a couple of phone books one under each side of your bed. That’s going to elevate the foot of your bed so that way your feet will always be higher than your heart, no matter how many times you roll over in the middle of the night.

Step 2: Reinforce the walls of your veins

The latest studies point to the fact that alterations in the vein wall precede any other change during varicose vein formation. Your goal then is to find which options you can use to increase your venous tone. Because of genetic factors predisposing you of varicose veins, you may need to take a few extra ‘reinforcers’ compare to the average individual.

  • Avoid the heat, seek the cold

One of the only time of the day that I can stand up without any compression stocking and not feel any pain or swelling in my legs is when I’m taking a cold shower. This is one of the best natural remedies for varicose veins you can use because cold causes constriction of the superficial veins, by direct stimulation of the smooth muscle lining these vessels. It is generally an easy treatment to do within your own home.

If you are not used to take cold shower, start slow. Try lowering the temperature gradually each day. Depending on where you live, this may not be as easy as it sounds. Cold showers in Canada are a lot colder than in California. Alternating between warm and cold is another option that can also work.

  • Butcher's Broom helps with varicose veins

    Butcher’s Broom is one of the herbs that naturally strengthen your veins

    Take natural supplements

The best and the only proven way to reinforce your veins is with natural supplements. Some specific herbs and fruit extracts have been proven to safely treat and prevent varicose veins. Read this page to find out more about which supplements can help you get rid of varicose veins naturally.

Conclusion to Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally and Successfully

To get rid of varicose veins naturally and successfully, you have to apply both step one and step two.

From my experiences, most books and doctors only recommend one of those action steps. For example, a doctor may recommend his patient consulting for varicose veins to simply wear compression stocking. The patient does and will probably be happy that the pain from his varicose vein is now gone.

The compression stockings are acting on the first factor: the pressure on the veins. But the patient will be surprised to see a new varicose vein on his leg a few months later.

That is because working on only one of the approaches does not work at getting rid of varicose veins.

Wearing compression stocking will improve the symptoms but it will not reinforce the veins. You need to combine the compression with a factor that will strengthen the walls of your veins (with the right supplements). This combination makes all the difference. Those two complementary steps, when used simultaneously, are the best and probably the only way to truly get rid of varicose veins naturally for life.

If you don’t follow those two steps, your legs, with the inevitable process of aging, are likely to form new varicose veins. The pain will increase when standing up. Ulcers (open sores) may also occur on your ankle due to the lack of good circulation in your varicose veins. Don’t let this fate be yours. You can avoid this by following my Two Steps System to Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally.

Marc Livingston

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59 Responses to “Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally”

  1. Laura
    May 18, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Extreme pain after 2nd surgery for hemorrhoids in less than 2 years time. Pain is killing me. I want to be well again or @least free from pain. Doctors are no help”….

  2. May 18, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Hemorrhoids are a form of varicose veins, but they are much more influenced by what you eat. Make sure to read: for more tips

  3. Kathy
    June 7, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Is spinning okay? You mention biking as one of the recommended exercises but spin classes are a bit different than recreational biking.

  4. June 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Spinning is okay. But if you have varicose veins below the knee, it is highly recommended that you wear knee high compression stockings. Exercising on a spinning bike does not improve the circulation in the calf muscles as much as walking does. Wearing compression stockings will help prevent the worsening of your lower veins during your spinning classes. For more info please see:

  5. Simone
    August 8, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I see that biking and spinning are not good for varicose veins, but you didn’t mention the elliptical trainer. Is the elliptical trainer OK if you have varicose veins behind the knee on each leg.

    Thank you

    • August 11, 2012 at 4:15 am #

      Yes the elliptical trainer should be OK especially if you wear compression stockings. If you think that the elliptical trainer is hard on your veins, one trick is to alternate it with fast walking on a treadmill (if you are at the gym).

  6. Mow
    August 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Im 25 years old I need to get in shape I weigh about 260 pounds. When I wake up in the morning the bottom of my feet hurt. I can see that the veins are showing more and although I usually ignore the pain the showing of the veins is bothering me. What should I do? I know I need to lose weight but what else can I do. Compression stockings are annoying but I wear them when I can remember.

  7. anon
    September 29, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    So how do u prevent getting varicose veins on your arms ?

  8. Berny
    October 13, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Have a lot of spider veins and varicose veins at my calf, want to get rid of it so I can wear short skit, any help

  9. Blaize
    November 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I have thread veins covering most of my body now. They have worsened over the years but I have cleansed my body stretched, exercised and remained hydrated. I have them in my arms, face, legs, feet etc… and lately I noticed in my children they are everywhere as well. My life is hell and I dont know what to do about it. I keep hearing all this noise about heredity, exercise, hydration and what not but no one in my family has them. Its just my girlfriend, myself and our children. The only thing that I can notice different about me is that I came in contact with MRSA. Is it possible we are carring MRSA and its causing blockages? Could this be triggered by a viral or parasitic infection? Is there any link between long-term infection and thread veins? I want our life back but DOC’s dont listen and there is an excuse for this in all of us everytime I ask. My kids “maybe from pregnancy” me “your on your feet to much” my stay at home girlfriend “heredity.” Seriously can you help me?

    • Rhea
      May 24, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      Natural (d-alpha, not dl-alpha) vitamin E in large quantity, 2000 IU per day has been known to help. There is some concern about taking this much now, but for many years was considered harmless. Also, there are herbal blends I have found helpful, main ingredient is horse chestnut. I have used these in combination for a time of about 4-6 months, then decrease the E to 400-800 IU per day. I have been using the herbs about 8 months, and am noticing improvement in my legs now, still working standing about 22 hrs a week. Also knee braces compress worst veins in legs, and help knee joints.

  10. isla
    November 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I have varicose veins on my both legs I tried everything and wearing compression stockings everyday for about ten years now. Because of this I gave up my job and staying home only doing housework and looking after two children. But they they are still getting worse . I can not even look at my legs most of the time unless I am putting them up only time I am not seeing my poping out nightmare veins. Now my six years old son has bulging veins on his lower leg as well. Our doctor says it is genetic. But for a six year old to have bulging veins I am quiet worried now. Anybody has any info why children have varicose veins other than genetic reasons . Please help…

    • Steff
      February 19, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      I agree with Rebecca you should get checked for ehlers danlos since your child has it too it’s a connective tissue disorder.

  11. rebecca
    February 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    You may want to investigate a connective tissue disorder call Ehlors Danlos. Vein walls are connective tissue, so it could be a cause. Children should not have varicose veins.

  12. tana semanchik
    April 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    How does rebounding affect on varicose veins?

    • April 29, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      It creates a sudden high pressure on the veins that could further damage varicose veins on the legs.

  13. jane
    April 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    i am a 25 years old pregnant lady …i am in 8 month gestation period .i have got varicose veins just above my knee joints at both the legs.i cant take any medicines due to pregnancy…what suitable homes remidies should i use to get them repaired….plz must reply.

  14. wei
    June 9, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Hi Marc,
    Do you know the differences between compression stockings and anti-embolism stockings? Many thanks!

    • June 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Anti-embolism stockings are designed for people who cannot move. They are useful for patients who have to stay in bed for long period of time and wheelchair users. Compression stockings are designed for movements, and have the necessary strength to support someone standing up for many hours.

  15. crod
    December 3, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    hey marvin, im 23 years old and im overweight, about 260, anyways im noticing that my green veins are getting zig zagy and starting to bulg, also i have purple veins like crazy. i know its odd to ask but how legit are these 2 steps? call me a weirdo but can u put up before and after pics?

    • December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Hi crod! I won’t call you a weirdo. To the contrary, I find your question to be very important. And I have something better than “before and after pics”. Every suggestion that I wrote on this page is based on scientific research. To keep the article short and easy to read, I did not cite all the sources, but a quick search on PubMed will give you plenty of double blind and randomized studies showing you the benefit of those tips, including taking Circulation Essentials and wearing compression stockings. Here’s one on diosmin, one of the main ingredients in Circulation Essentials:

  16. Chrys
    March 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    I don’t see how rebounding would be negative. As long as someone is doing lighter bouncing, as opposed to jumping high, the gentle bouncing would help shift the blood up and down. It could create a light ‘plunging’ effect to move the fluid. I I migraine IF you also wore compression stockings while doing so you would experience even more positive effect.

  17. Dana
    May 22, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Hi Marc! I am a stay at home mom and am very veiny to begin with but ever since my first pregnancy i got a huge varicose vein! It feels very weighed down and while walking or exercising my legs feel uncoordinated and swollen. I went to a vascular surgeon and had the laser surgery twice. If its not the same one, a new one came back right in the same spot, which is right below the back of my knee, right on top of my calf spreading to the side, with a vengeance. I was wondering why the surgery wasn’t a help at all and if I go back to try once again with the procedure will it keep coming back and is there anything I can ask the doctor or try differently?

  18. Debbie
    July 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I have varicose veins in one leg, below the knee. I see that a few sites recommend not wearing tight clothes – I wated to ask whether tights that come down just below the knee, or a bit below the knee, are what you call tight clothes? I live in my tights – they keep my thighs from rubbing into each other when I walk, they are light and comfy in the hot summer etc etc

    • July 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Yes, those would be called tight clothes. Those tights but extra pressure below the knee causing more pressure on the wall of the veins in that particular spot. One solution would be to wear compression stockings. Those would help keep your thighs from rubbing into each other AND help prevent varicose veins. You can learn more about compression stockings on this page:

  19. Nune
    July 21, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Hi Marc, thanks for the good information. I am 38 years old and in this 2 years I start developing veins under my knee . I have healthy life stifle, only my job is required standing and walking all the time. I jug 2-3 times a week, but i start having pain behind the knee after prolonged time of being on my feet. You had mentioned that jugging is not recommended. Why?

    • July 23, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      The pressure caused by the impact of each step can make varicose veins worse in some individuals. This is why I can’t recommend jogging. Swimming is a better alternative if you have varicose veins.

  20. Maria
    August 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Can I do dance if I have varicose veins.
    Also what can I do if I sit down a lot

    • September 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      Yes, varicose veins should not prevent you from enjoying dancing. A good pantyhose compression stockings should allow you to dance and sit as long as you want. I recommend Therafirm for a good pantyhose

  21. Ruby
    September 1, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I was 260 lbs. I’m now 194. My varicose veins have been going away on their own. Only thing I do is elevate my legs at night.. So get back in shape it’s a WIN WIN!!!

  22. Kate Hewit
    September 6, 2014 at 1:38 am #


    So, 48 hours ago, I felt a sharp prick in my ankle and POP! A little wiggly varicose vein appeared. The next morning it crawled across the front of my ankle, and then started to dimple my inner calf. I went to get a Doppler and the tech saw my right leg, a 4mm Saphenous Vein. My left? A 16 mm saphenous and it appeared the valve wasn’t closing at all. He asked if I had been injured and I said no, but he was at a plastic surgeons office and I hadn’t seen my doctor (it was free). It began to ache and my leg now feel like I climbed a mountain in today…

    This morning my leg began to look like a version of the before picture for Vv treatment. An advice nurse for kaiser recommended I go to ER, and I did but was told that they were just varicose veins and it’s a process that happens over time… I said it started yesterday and was met with, “maybe you only noticed it yesterday.” My husband who likes to deny anything out of the ordinary was 100% on board with my worry as I’m 34, a size 4/6 with no kids and a minor family history of VV.

    My question, does this happen so fast it turns one leg 75 years old while the other one is perfectly less than its age? I’m confused and worried.

  23. Janie P
    November 9, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    I recently started weight lifting and noticed that my spider veins on my legs started fading. I usually run on the treadmill for about 15 minute before I weight lift (about 30 minutes) but I didn’t know this was possible. I would love to be in great shape and vein free, I occasionally wear compression stalkings but they don’t last very long so I need some advise on a good brands that you would recommend that are not to toooo costly and;

    1. are you saying that I should wear them during the workout?

    cuz I usually just wear them at work. Also, although I’ve decreased in size, I actually haven’t lost weight, I guess because of increased muscle mass I assume.

    2. So how do I continue my workout routine and get rid of my spider veins?

    3.Can I continue lifting weights without making them worse?
    4. Is running recommended ?

    Please help, I feel like I could look like I’m 25 again. Eating right and exercising takes care of so many problems, even my cellulite is almost gone. Also, If you have any diet tips on limiting the development of grey hair, I’ll take those too.

  24. Patsy
    November 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi Marc,

    I’m suffering with phlebitis right now (for the past 2 1/2 weeks)…it’s one of the most painful and sometimes unbearable vein issues! I have been wearing compression stockings for the past 7 years and not had one problem. I was very diligent and wore them almost every day! Two weeks ago I pulled the left stocking up to high (which I know better!) and it cut into the vein on the back of my knee….a few days later the phlebitis showed up. I’ve gone the route of seeing the vascular surgeon at VeinTech and getting the ultrasound, etc. The doc has a very poor bed side manner and really just herds patients in and out without taking time to answer questions. Once this phlebitis clears up he wants to perform a procedure, of course.

    I have two questions, please:
    Will the the Circulation Essentials help with bulging/cluster veins?
    Please confirm that riding a stationary bike is recommended (I read one comment by a contributor (Simone) above that stated riding a bike is not recommended but it’s listed in the “recommended” box in your article…??)

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  25. Shifan
    December 6, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Hi Marc,
    Am a lecturer, who keeps standing most of the time. I have a hard time with varicose pain only in my left leg. I could see formation of some clumps too. How can I get rid of this.

  26. rebecca
    December 14, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Hi Marc, I am a 27 year old female, 5’6 tall and about 150 pounds, I have 4 children and I am a stay at home mom and my varicose veins started on both of my legs after my first pregnancy and they started behind my knee and recently started running kind of around and down my legs, what can I do? and could that be causing me to have stiffness in my knee?

  27. Patsy
    December 15, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Marc,

    I sent a comment on Nov 22nd and have been waiting for a response to the two questions I asked in my email. I understand if you don’t have an answer regarding if the Circulation Essentials can help my situation but could you please respond to the question regarding whether or not riding a stationary bike is recommended? There is conflicting info between you and a commenter and what is stated in your article.

    Thank you for your time!

    • December 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi Patsy, sorry for the delay in my response.
      In my experience, I find that riding a stationary bike is fine as long as you are wearing your compression stockings. If you really want to exercise without them, swimming might be a better option.

  28. lloyd
    April 12, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    when I work out on the treadmill the veins in left leg below my knee and above my ankle start to pop out on the inside of my leg

  29. Laura
    April 16, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Hi Marc,

    While I appreciate all the information provided on your website, what I don’t understand is how you can make repeated claims that this two-step process will get rid of your varicose veins. None of the items in step 1 will rid you of VVs, they might control/ease your symptoms but they will not disappear. Regarding step 2, taking natural supplements, you yourself state in the comments section under your natural herbal supplement recommendation, that it will not rid you of VVs. So nowhere on your website do you actually prove that a natural approach will help get rid of your varicose veins. Yes, there are natural ways to ease symptoms but that’s about it. It is interesting that some people claim how a natural supplement of something helped them get rid of their VVs but you never actually see the proof, it’s all just anecdotal. I have yet to discover IF there is a natural way to get rid of varicose veins.

    • April 19, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Laura, thanks for the comment. You are right, if you have varicose veins, past a certain point, you will need to get them removed first. I do mention it right before step 1. What those two steps are scientifically proven to do is help stop new varicose veins from forming and prevent small varicose veins from getting worse. In other words, it helps you control your venous insufficiency (which causes varicose veins in most people). This long description is not as easy to read as the title of this article, which is why I chose the latter.

  30. Joshua
    May 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    I am getting them on my left calf. I walk approx 20 miles a day wearing running sneakers. My job consists of a lot of leg muscles pushing and pulling. Sometimes lifting as well. I don’t have itching or pain but fatigue in the leg. Especially after this past January with a sprained knee I didn’t properly rest. Any advice besides compression socks? Being 30 and in good shape I don’t wanna look weird with one of them on my leg.

    • May 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

      There is nothing weird about compression stockings. A lot of athletes are wearing them precisely because it can help to reduce fatigue in the leg.

  31. Deb
    June 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    I exercise in a warm water therapy because of a knee problem. My varicose veins seem to have gotten worse. Does being in warm water three to four times make them worse?

  32. Sara
    July 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Marc,

    Thanks for such informative article.

    As someone mentioned above, there’s conflicting info regarding biking and spinning between your article and someone’s comment.

    I recently bought a bike and started cycling up to 1 hour a day. I’ve had varicose veins for 4 years but only started having pain this year, they veins are mainly below my knees. Funnily enough the pain started getting worse when I started cycling – should I stop cycling? It would be a shame if I had to.

    I will be looking at compression stockings too.

    • August 10, 2015 at 6:09 am #

      There’s an easy solution if you want to continue cycling: wear compression stockings during that one hour. That’s what I do, and my legs feel great.

  33. Garret
    November 29, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    My name is Garret, I have some varicose veins in my thigh. It’s mild, not elevated, much more like lines on my skin. However, I’m active in Gym activities and part of my exercises includes the legs where I might pressure my legs with at least 80-100 pounds of weight. They might be mild but I want to get rid of them before they get worse, but I don’t also want to give up my Gym lifestyle for it. If there’s any advise where I can get rid of my problem while retaining my lifestyle, kindly share. By the way, I’m a guy and most of the advises I get from the net are applicable to women.

  34. rita
    January 7, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    Hi, im rita 28 . Suffering varicose veins since 25. I wanted to wear short shorts but i refused because of my varicose on my thigh . What should i do?

    • January 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      Varicose veins should not prevent you from wearing shorts. Especially now with all the new compression stockings on the market. Have a look at the collections from Therafirm, it’s the brand I use.

  35. Sarah
    January 24, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    7 years ago I hurt from my ankle up to my knee and since then my ankle is swollen worsens in heat and being on feet all day I have had 3 kids since then don’t have pain in leg more like numb drs keep telling me it’s an old sport injury so nothing can be done. I had my youngest baby just over a year ago got the rod put in about 5 months ago and since then I have noticed varicous veins appearing on both my legs the swelling in my ankle is becoming more frequent and bigger in the swelling and dropping weight like minimum 6 kilos a week any advice from anyone would be much appreciated I’m desperate as it’s taking it’s toll on my confidence and every day life Tia

  36. Jane
    March 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    Hi, Marc, this was very nice text you wrote here. Im 24, and i have swam for 8 years in the past (I stoped when i was around 17). I started doing ashtanga yoga couple of months ago, and my veins started to hurt recently. Do you think it can be from yoga? Im a smoker though, and both my mother and father have problems with varicose veins.

  37. Olivia
    June 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi, im an 18 year old girl who is tall and slim and in the last three or four months i have started to get varicose veins on my legs. At furst i had hemmoroids and then the varicose veins started to appear: one big bruised looking lump on the inside part of my lower leg, not far from my ankle, nobbly lumps around my inner thighs just above my knee and on the inside edge of behind my knee (meaning it hurts when i bend my leg). I am sick of this now – it has destroyed my confidence and i feel like my body is trying to stop me hacpving fun and doing things i should be able to do at this age – even my 48 year old mum doesnt have VV. My grandma does though but my identical twin sister has shown no signs of it. Does drinking alcohol increase the chances of it? Im not much of a dribker but since starting uni i have drank a fair amount. Also i have put on a tiny bit of weight since starting uni and dont exercise on as regular basis as i used to but still always keep my body moving and do a lot of walking and cycling. I just want this problem fixed. What makes it worse is tgat im going to America on sunday for three months to work at a summer camp so i wont be able to join in with the fun activities and will feel the need to cover my legs. Also it means i wont be able to have any treatment until christmas as i go back to uni straight after america. And i realllllly dont want to have to wear the compression stockings as they would greatly lower my confidence – with everyone else showing off their legs i dont want to be wearing long socks. Sorry for the long message! Any advice?

  38. Carla
    June 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    That’s excellent information, Marc. I have never thought of combining the stockings and the supplements. Just tried the supplements years ago and when that did not work, switched to stockings.

    I think that anyone suffering from vein insufficiency should wear stockings all day, not just during sports. That’s what I have been told by several vein specialists, btw in Europe, whom have never told me to take supplements. And of course their advice is to remove bad veins, like I had, with laser surgery. This realy is not that bad and hardly painful.

    Some time ago I read an article on genes being responsible for v. veins. If that would be the case, and genes can be switched on and off, maybe in the future vv can be treated with medicine.

    Something else, has anyone tried Inclined Bed Therapy, or IBT? Check the website. For me, not having bulging veins but lots of spider veins, it does not work, but I still sleep that way as it does wonders for my allergies.

  39. Houda Ali
    August 2, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    I am 36 now and when i was in my teenage years, I had a spider vein underneath my left eye on the cheek. That dissapeared somehow, but i’ve had a varicose vein on my right lower leg for many years.
    I’ve been overweight on and off my whole adult life and can see a connection between obesity and varicose veins.
    I weigh 89kg now but should be 80kg i believe

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