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Spider veins or varicose veins

Varicose Veins and Spider Veins are common and occur in about 55 percent of women and 45 percent of men. They can effect half of people over 50 years old. They are both a cosmetic problem and can sometimes lead to more serious health problems. Both vein types are hereditary; and gender related with women being more likely to have them, and they are connected to age. Varicose veins can develop during pregnancy and then again later in life.


What causes Varicose Veins or Spider Veins and Are They The Same?

Pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle and genetics are all factors in whether Varicose or Spider Veins develop. While varicose veins and spider veins have the same cause, there are differences between these two types of veins: Varicose veins are twisted, bulging blue blood vessels that can be seen and felt right under the surface of the skin. They can also cause a feeling of heaviness, discomfort or swelling in the legs. Spider veins appear as tiny red or blue lines, usually less than 1 mm in diameter, that look like branches or a spider web just below the surface of your skin. Spider veins are usually painless and do not generally lead to other health problems. 2-3% of people with varicose veins can develop blood clots.


Can spider veins turn into Varicose Veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are different forms of a medical condition called venous insufficiency. In the legs, both conditions result from having weakened or damaged valves in the veins. However, the two issues have different symptoms.


How Do I Get Rid of Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

A common treatment is sclerotherapy which involves the injection of a solution that scars and closes the veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. Other treatment options include laser surgery.


Do Spider Veins or Varicose Veins Go Away?

Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy sometimes go away after several months, but otherwise spider veins and varicose veins generally stay around until treated.

Are Spider Veins A Sign Of Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation causes existing varicose veins to become more visible. These veins also make it more difficult for blood to return back to the heart.

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