Spider Vein

Spider veins (also called telangiectasia or venulectasias) are fine blood vessels that are red and bluish in color. These vessels are often arranged in a web-like or dense-matting pattern.

Symptoms of spider vein

The symptoms of spider veins are:

  • Small blood vessels
  • Red, blue, and purple in color
  • Arranged in a web-like pattern or dense-mat
  • Usually painless, however, it can occassionally be accompanied by pain and burning sensation especially after long periods of standing

Causes of spider vein

The exact cause of spider veins is not known. It is noticed that several factors may be responsible:

  • Genetics
    Predisposition to developing spider veins seem to be genetically inherited.

  • Hormones
    This condition is more common in women, especially after pregnancy, menopause, or while undergoing hormone replacement therapy.

  • Sun exposure

  • Injury
    Spider veins may develop at the site of an old injury, sometimes years after the injury has healed.

  • Pressure on the legs and feet caused by high-heeled shoes and by being overweight.

How Can it be Prevented?

Although they are difficult to prevent, it seems that the following can reduce the chance of developing spider veins:

  • Exercise
  • Wearing support hose and flat shoes (no high-heels)
  • Losing weight

Spider Vein Treatment

The treatments for spider veins are:

  • Sclerotherapy
    A saline solution is injected to the area, which causes the body to destroy and replace the surrounding tissue. Success rate varies between 50% to 90%, however spider veins usually recur in most cases.

  • Laser treatment

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