|Symptoms||Spider Veins appear blue , purple, or red in color. They are most often visible on the legs but sometimes can be seen around the nose or lips. At times they can cause aching, burning, or itching.|
|Medical Implications||Spider Veins are not harmful. They often look unpleasant.|
|Treatment Options||Sclerotherapy and VNUS Closure Procedure|
|Risk Factors||Aging, long periods of sitting or standing, pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy and birth control pills. Family history, previous surgery, injury, and a history of blood clots can also increase your risk.|
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins and telangiectasias are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes. Spider veins are commonly referred to as “broken veins.” They can occur either in lines or web-like patterns, earning them their name as “Spider” veins. They are most often visible on the legs but sometimes can be seen around the nose and lips.
How Do Spider Veins Develop?
Spider veins are caused by the engorgement or dilation of veins with improperly working valves. Veins are equipped with a series of one-way valves that help prevent backflow as they pump blood back to the heart. When these valves weaken or stop working properly, it can lead blood to pool and increase pressure within your veins.
Who Gets Spider Veins?
Spider veins are a very common condition in adults, with women tending to develop them more frequently than men. Spider veins and varicose veins affect roughly 50% of the adult population