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Plagued by spider

 
 

& varicose veins?

 
  By P. J. Davis  
     
 

 Unsightly blue, purple, red or ropy veins in the legs or around the eyes were once considered an inevitable sign of aging. But thanks to advances in the treatment of spider and varicose veins, there’s no need to avoid the beach or gaze longingly at the skirt racks in your favorite department store.

 
 

   Several options are available to diminish damaged veins and get you back into that pair of Daisy Dukes.

 
 

   Spider veins make their appearance as small, squiggly red and purple lines. Varicose veins are the darker, bulging vessels just under the skin. Affecting mainly women as age and hormones weaken vein walls, visible veins occur in up to 30 percent of the population.

 
 

   The most common location for the unsightly condition is the legs, but spider and

 
 

Spider veins

 
 

varicose veins can also turn up around the nose, hands, abdomen, thighs, calves and even in the pelvis, which can cause pain and heaviness in the back.

 
 

   Men can be affected as well, and any situation requiring long periods of sitting or standing increases the chance of developing the condition.

 
 

   In addition to the ropy blue or purple lumps under the skin, uncomfortable additional symptoms include swollen, achy, tired, restless or heavy-feeling legs; itchiness, cramping or Charlie horses; or bleeding upon shaving or bumping the skin.

 
     
     
 

       8 LivingBody BEAUTIFUL | Your Tri-County Resource Guide to Health and Beauty

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