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How is salt intake linked to spider veins?

I read online that eating too much can cause me to retain water and get more spider veins. Is this true? How is salt intake linked to spider veins?


Doctors Answers (5)

It is very uncommon for salt intake to increase your chances for spider veins. But you can decrease swelling in your legs by reducing your intake and drinking lots of water.

An elevated salt intake can cause some fluid retention and, in some individuals, can affect blood pressure. However, spider veins are caused by venous congestion and increased capillary pressures. This is more typically due to inactivity, prolonged standing, pregnancies, high heeled shoes and other factors, and not due to diet, weight or salt intake.

Salt intake is not related to spider veins. Salt, or more specifically sodium salts, can lead to fluid retention in people with heart, liver or kidney failure or lymphedema; however, leg swelling by itself doesn't cause spider veins.

Weight has some relation to worsening of varicose veins. It's conceivable that water retention could cause some spider veins; however, varicose veins are inherited in 70 percent of cases with one parent, and 90 percent if both parents have them.

Spider veins are typically inherited. There is no medical evidence that salt intake causes spider veins.

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