Varicose or Spider Veins

Varicose or Spider Vein

Spider and varicose veins are a common problem that many men and women have to confront. Spider veins are small, reddish veins that appear on the surface on the skin, while varicose veins are blue, tangled, bulging, knotted vessels that are much larger. Women are more likely to experience varicose veins than men, but they are common among both genders.

 

Aside from their unsightly appearance, varicose veins can cause a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in the leg, swelling, tenderness or pain when touched, and a general sense of restlessness.

 

Age and family history are two major factors in a person’s risk of varicose or spider veins, but lifestyle also has a role to play. People who do not exercise regularly, are overweight or obese, or who sit or stand for long periods of time have a higher risk of varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Women who are pregnant also have a higher chance of these issues.

 

Varicose and spider veins are most common among people who are middle­aged, but even those in their teens and twenties can have this problem. No matter what a person’s age, there is no reason to wait to have these issues examined.

 

Vein issues can occur if a vein becomes weakened. Elastic vein walls and tiny one­way valves help send blood back to the heart, but if they lose their strength blood can start to pool backwards into the vein.

 

Varicose veins may not be symptomatic at first, but many patients eventually report achiness and a sense of heaviness in their legs. Often accompanying these symptoms are ankle and lower leg swelling, cramps, a sense of restlessness, and an irritated or itchy rash around the ankles. The area around the vein may become numb or tender to the touch.

 

Varicose vein symptoms can also be aesthetic. Bulging, twisted, or knotted veins can form over the ankle and foot while the skin around them becomes discolored, leathery, and thick. In advanced stages this skin may begin to break down, leading to ulceration.

 

Spider veins are similar to varicosities, but they are smaller and appear closer to the skin’s surface. As their name suggest, they often form in patterns similar to spider webs. They are often red in color and may be a sign of more serious ​vein disease​ under the skin

 

Varicose veins can lead to more serious conditions, including:

● Thromboses – blood clots that form in an enlarged vein
● Phlebitis – vein inflammation
● Venous Stasis Ulcers – Ulcers that form due to a lack of proper drainage in an enlarged vein

 

No two cases are the same, so treatment for varicose and spider veins varies from patient to patient. In order to find the correct procedure, a specialist first needs to find the cause of the spider or varicose veins. Some individuals are tempted to avoid therapy or treatment. However, untreated veins may lead to bleeding, ulcers, and other serious medical conditions. Eliminate this risk and enjoy a healthier vascular system by having your veins treated by our caring staff.

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