Spider Vein Prevention

Preventing Spider Veins

Spider veins can't always be prevented due to various factors including a genetic predisposition to spider veins, gender bias and hormonal changes (see factors affecting spider veins).

However, there are steps a person can take to reduce the chance of developing them.

Regular exercise
Exercise improves circulation and vein strength.
Aerobic activities including cycling and running which exercise the leg muscles can be of great benefit.
Correct Posture
By sitting with legs uncrossed there is less chance of pressure building up withing the veins.
High Fiber/ Low Sodium Diet
A high fiber diet will reduce the likelihood of constipation. Constipation can cause can cause high blood pressure when trying to push stools. A low salt & sodium diet can reduce blood pressure. Salt and sodium can cause water retention and the veins swell.
Wear Loose Fitting Clothing
Tightly fitted clothing particularly around the groin leg and waist can constrict the body and circulatory system leading to a rise in blood pressure.
Maintain a healthy body weight
By maintaining a healthy body weight less pressure is placed on you legs. Use our online Body Mass Index calculator to check if you are classed as being of a healthy body weight.
Wear Sunscreen
Exposure to the sun can cause spider veins on the face; usually around the nose and cheek area. Wearing sunscreen will reduce the likelihood of developing them here.

Following these steps can also help prevent the development of varicose veins. If spider veins do develop there are a number of treatment options available.