Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins: Yes, They Exist

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Varicose veins are annoying at best and downright miserable at worst. The raised, sometimes bulbous veins can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, especially in the leggy summer months. "Varicose veins are darkly colored and/or enlarged veins that can appear gnarled and cordlike," says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD. "They develop because of an increase in pressure and volume in the veins causing them to stretch and lose elasticity." If you have them, don't worry; they’re way more common than you think. According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, varicose veins affect upward of 35% of Americans, with women being at a higher risk than men.

Luckily, they're not indicative of a larger problem. “Varicose veins are not considered to be a sign of heart disease or another systemic illness,” dermatologist Sonia Batra, MD, tells us, although they do put you at a higher risk for rash, infection, and blood clots—which, if you ask us, is all the more reason to treat and prevent them. But that is more easily said than done, especially if you want to take a natural approach. That’s why we reached out to these two experts so they could share their advice when it comes to dealing with those dreaded varicose veins. Keep reading to see what they had to say.

Click here for seven more facts about varicose veins you need to know.

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