What can I do at home to help varicose veins and spider veins?
Get regular physical activity! Muscles in the legs help your veins push blood back to the heart, against the force of gravity. If you have varicose veins or spider veins in your legs, any exercise that works the muscles in your legs will help prevent new varicose veins or spider veins from forming.
Lose weight! Extra weight makes it more difficult for your veins to move blood back up to your heart, against the force of gravity. Losing weight may help prevent new varicose veins or spider veins from forming.
Do not sit or stand for a long time! If you have to sit or stand at work or home for a long time, take a break every 30 minutes to stand up and walk around. This makes the muscles in your legs move the blood back up to your heart more than when you are sitting or standing still without moving around.
Wear compression stockings! Compression stockings help increase blood flow from your legs.
Put your feet up! Rest your feet on a stool as much as possible when sitting to help the blood in your legs flow back to your heart.