Last Modified on May 13, 2015
Characterized by sprawling web-like veins beneath the skin, spider veins are often found on the face, neck, upper arms and thighs. While the condition is harmless to one’s health, many individuals desire treatment for cosmetic reasons. Many home remedies can be applied with results similar to that of more expensive and invasive treatments.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins typically manifest as a small round, red spot with tiny red veins radiating outward much like a spider’s legs. The result of chronically dilated capillaries, spider veins can be caused by a variety of factors including excessive alcohol consumption, certain medication, elevated estrogen levels and cirrhosis of the liver. Spider veins often come and go and cause few to no symptoms other than the appearance of the veins.
Natural Remedies for Sprawling Veins
The focus of treatment for spider veins is typically to minimize the appearance of the condition. Several treatment options are available including arnica, hydrogen peroxide and sea salt. These treatments function to actively fade veins and prevent the reoccurrence of the condition.
Derived from a flower, arnica is a known treatment option for pain and inflammation associated with bruises, sprains, arthritis and other aches. The compound is a natural anti-inflammatory that also aids in circulation. As such, when applied to the spider veins daily, the compound diminishes their appearance by limiting inflammation.
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural oxidizing agent that eliminates infection and diminishes inflammation. Used as a treatment for spider veins, the substance draws out inflammation-causing toxins and reduces inflammation. The compound also enhances good blood circulation, which can also reduce the appearance of spider veins.
Salt is a vital component in the body for a variety of functions. A component of good circulation, when taken diluted in water daily, sea salt helps restore balance to the body and maintain the appropriate levels of nutrients in the body. As such, the compound is an important component in treating and preventing spider veins.
While treatment is not often necessary for spider veins, many individuals desire reduction in the appearance of these veins. Natural remedies, including arnica, hydrogen peroxide, sea salt and others, effectively reduce the appearance of veins and support good circulation.
After stumbling across some posts saying that Arnica helped with spider veins I purchased a topical Arnica spray to see if it would help with some spider veins beneath my eyes... I would spray my finger and then lightly dab the area underneath my eyes... I noticed it substantially lessened the spider vein's visibility... Which is great because back when I worked as a real estate agent and had alot of money I spent at least $1000 on IPL (laser) treatments on my face to get rid of them. The IPL would always work for a few months, but they would always creep back... Oh yeah, and it was fairly painful and additionally scarred the skin on my face one time when the young lady applying the IPL became overzealous and cranked the laser strength up much too high... At about $11 for a 4 oz. Bottle, I'd say the Arnica is a bargain, especially as it seems just about as effective as the IPL's were in diminishing the veins! For some reason it never occurred to me to try the Arnica spray on the varicose veins on my legs, but about two weeks ago I finally did. I sprayed the veins down pretty thoroughly, and within a half hour noticed a difference. Over the past two weeks I've been spraying the veins on my legs and other parts of my body with the Arnica on a daily basis and I just can't believe how much they've faded!! They're still visible, don't get me wrong, but I've had both laser treatments and sclerotherapy on my legs which was less effective and MUCH more expensive!! Plus, the sclerotherapy left odd dark marks where the needles had injected the saline that remained all over my legs for a year, and I wasn't able to wear shorts--thanks alot, what was the point in the first place?? I didn't find the laser treatments to be at all effective on my varicose veins, in particular the "deal" I got once for $150. You get what you pay for, really. I had a little more success with a much more expensive laser treatment, but again, the veins always seemed to come back. In two weeks, applying Arnica topically has diminished the appearance of my varicose veins to the point where I'm wearing shorts and looking at my legs all the time! I just can't say how happy I am to be able to wear skirts and shorts without feeling like someone will notice my ugly blue patches!!! Again, I want to make it clear that the veins are still there, just MUCH fainter... Additionally, my varicose veins would not be considered severe by any means, so I don't know how much it would work for someone with very thick and visible veins, but I've had moderate varicose veins on my legs since I was 18 or so... I can't say enough good things about this relatively inexpensive cure, after all of those lousy pocket-stripping cures!!
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08/20/2012Posted by Marina (London, England) on 06/29/2010
[YEA] I first started developing spider veins on my nose (on the sides of my nostrils and under them) at the age of 8. They became much more prominent with age and i always had to wear concealer to hide the blotchiness.
HOWEVER, I recently had a nose job and had to wear a cast for a week. As the week passed I noticed that the thread veins under my nose (where there was no cast) had considerably diminished, as if they had 'moved up'. Today I got the cast taken off after a week and the veins that were at the sides of my nostrils have COMPLETELY gone despite 15 years of trying to get rid of them through creams and such.
So I am not certain what exactly allowed for this to happen but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the Arnica montana homeopathy that I've been taking before and post operation as it thins the blood. So i'm guessing that the arnica and pressure from the cast must have made the blood flow back through my veins over time. Hence they also might come back =S.. but i'm going to take great preventative care of my veins from now on through diet and protection form the external environment like the sun.
So this is exactly what I was prescribed..
Arnica montana 5ch:
3 x 3 (times a day) for 10 days before the operation..
Arnica montana 9ch
3 x 4 times a day every 3 hours.
Advice when taking homeopathy ---
1) Do not touch it with fingers as it reduces its efficacity automatically..
2) Do not swallow or suck it.. let it melt slowly underneath your tongue so that the body absorbs it efficiently...
3) Do not eat or drink anything within 15 minutes before or after ingesting it.
You can ask your pharmacist for advice about this.
Approval Ratings BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100% Posted by Fooshcat (West Michigan) on 04/17/2014
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] More and more we hear that exercise is a factor in preventing all sorts of diseases from cardiovascular to certain types of cancer to Alzheimer's. So, about 4 months ago I started an exercise routine using a light/medium cardio dvd 3-4 days a week. About 6 weeks ago I switched the routine and began rotating between 3 dvds 5 days a week. One dvd involves toning with light weight and lots of reps; another is toning with weights, lots of reps and interval bursts of cardio; the third dvd involves toning circuits, but it moves at such a pace that my heart pumps like it's medium cardio. Each dvd is a good total body workout and each is about an hour long. Today I happened to notice the spider veins that appear on the inside of my ankle and foot area are much less noticeable. The right ankle/foot was worse for some reason and it looks substantially better. The spider veins on the left ankle/foot are now barely noticeable. The only other change I've made recently is to eliminate artificial sweeteners and add more fruit to my diet. I've always eaten fairly healthy - lots of vegetables, the only meat I eat is wild caught fish, and we eat organic when possible. I've taken an eye health supplement for years that contains rutin which is supposed to be good for veins, but that's not new to my routine. My main unhealthy vice in life is wine!
While the exercise doesn't seem to be helping my cellulite (any tips on this would be greatly appreciated! ), it appears to be helping those nasty little squiggly veins. It'll make me feel better about wearing sandals this summer! For reference, I'm 43 years old and about 10 lbs overweight and have an office job that forces me to sit all day.
Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Tina (Singapore, Singapore) on 01/25/2009
am curious about the Hydrogen Peroxide for treatment of Varicose veins. How & where do i buy it? Any info on what amount or strength is safe? Cheers, TinaPosted by Trish (Kansas City, Missouri) on 03/20/2007
[YEA] I soaked in 4 pints of 3% store-bought hydrogen peroxide last night for about 20 minutes, while I did a little oil pulling, and noticed this morning that the 'veinyness' in my legs isn't as noticeable. Today I decided to be brave and try the inhalation method...I did two different breaths about 20 minutes apart, 4-5 squirts for each, and then laid down for a nap. I slept for an hour and a half and didn't realize I had even fallen asleep until I woke up and saw the time. I don't even feel that good when I taken melatonin at night. And I woke up with lots of energy. I am also doing the apple cider vinegar remedy so my body is quite 'tingly,' and I'm getting headaches...but these are all signs of detoxification as I have done the Master Cleanse before for ten days and had very similar side effects. The ACV will actually take care of detox headaches if mixed with the baking soda and taken on an empty stomach.Posted by Dana (Fort Worth, Texas) on 03/18/2007
[YEA] Get this! I took a bath in hydrogen perixide and it made my SPIDER VIENS in my legs way less noticable!!! At first I thought it was the ACV i'd been taking, but after a week i noticed my viens back again. So I took another h202 bath (added 1 pt of 3% from store) and my legs are beautifull again!! I don't know how long it lasts, but temporarily it works!! I am so excited!Replied by Whitlee