Blue, bulging or twisted varicose veins can cause significant embarrassment. When everyone else is heading to the beach or the swimming pool for a bit of fun, people who suffer from varicose veins might feel more inclined to hide.


Even worse, varicose veins can cause agonizing pain. Varicose veins are also correlated with an increased risk for developing blood clots, according to WebMD.


Clearly, varicose veins are undesirable. There is no guaranteed way to prevent them, but there are multiple actions you can take to drastically reduce the odds that they’ll be a problem for you. If you’ve developed this condition, or you’re concerned that you might be vulnerable to developing it in the future, consider the following 7 ways to prevent and treat varicose veins:

1. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise is well known to be essential for numerous facets of good health – and it’s especially critical for cardiovascular health. There is a relationship between poor circulation and varicose veins, so you’ll want to focus a significant part of your exercise regiment on performing exercises that improve your circulation.


It can be a challenge to go from zero to active. If you’ve been leading a sedentary life in the recent past, we recommend seeking professional help from your doctor or a professional trainer in getting started with an exercise program that will be effective for your specific needs.

You want to avoid injuring yourself in an overzealous start, but you also want to become active enough to make a difference. Getting professional help can be extremely beneficial for getting off to an effective start with your exercise program.


2. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

Obesity is one of the top risk factors for varicose veins. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can help you to relieve the pressure on the veins in your legs.


3. Use Purified Horse Chestnut Seed Extract

Both anecdotal evidence and clinical research have shown horse chestnut seed extract to be beneficial for relieving pain and other symptoms associated with varicose veins.


Horse chestnut naturally includes a toxic component, esculin, that must be removed before it’s safe to ingest. So, if you decide to use this remedy, be sure to choose a commercially prepared supplement that has been processed to remove the toxin.

4.      Boost Your Magnesium Intake

If you suffer from varicose veins, Dr. Josh Axe recommends boosting your magnesium intake by consuming magnesium-rich foods such as spinach, lettuce, bananas, broccoli and sweet potatoes. He makes this recommendation because the blood pooling in your veins can be a warning sign of a magnesium deficiency. This is a particularly important remedy if you’re also experiencing leg cramps, which are another related warning sign of magnesium deficiency.


5. Apply Creams or Lotions

We’ve posted an extensive list of the best varicose vein creams that are currently available on the market.

We highly recommend trying one or more of these products for easing the pain and other symptoms of varicose veins.

6.   Wear Compression Stockings

Compression stockings can help to relieve the pain caused by varicose veins. They accomplish this by putting pressure on your veins, which can help to increase the blood flow from your legs.

The stockings look much like ordinary hosiery, so there’s no aesthetic reason not to wear them in situations where you’d want to wear stockings anyway. They can be worn under jeans, pants, skirts or dresses.


7.      Consider Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a procedure in which your practitioner will seal up your varicose veins using the heat from a laser.

If nothing else has been effective for treating your varicose veins, you’ll want to consider making an appointment with a reputable endovenous laser ablation practitioner.

There can be complications from this type of procedure, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the risks before you schedule this therapy.

In the UK, check with the Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland for assistance with finding a qualified practitioner. In Australia, make an appointment with Cosmos Clinic. In the United States, the Society for Vascular Surgery or the Society of Interventional Radiology may be able to help you locate a practitioner.

If you’re concerned with preventing, reducing and treating varicose veins, these are 7 of the most relevant options that you can consider trying.

***We recommend speaking with your doctor about which, if any, of these options might be the best choice for you.