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Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn similar to varicose veins and often have a web-like appearance. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin. They are commonly found on the legs, feet and face. Spider veins are typically harmless, and are more of an aesthetic nuisance to patients. Although they can sometimes cause aching, burning or pain, especially when you’ve been standing for long periods.

Spider Vein Causes

Spider veins are caused by malfunctioning valves inside the veins. When these valves fail or leak, the blood flows backward through the poorly functioning valve. Gravity causes the blood to pool in the veins, causing a web-like appearance under the skin. Important factors such as heredity, excess weight, and some professions requiring prolonged periods of standing or sitting may increase the risk of developing a chronic venous diseases.

Spider Vein Risk Factors

Age
As you age, the valves in your veins will naturally wear down. If your veins weaken enough over time, you may develop spider or varicose veins. Between 30 and 60 percent of all adults have spider veins, and the percentage of adults with the condition increases with age.
Gender
Women develop spider and varicose veins much more frequently than men, most likely because of hormones. Some female hormones relax the walls of the veins, so hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can cause vein issues. Many women who undergo hormone replacement therapy also develop spider veins.
Genetics
Heredity is a very common spider vein cause. Around half of people with spider veins have at least one family member who also has the condition. If you have several family members with this vein problem, you have a greater risk of developing it as well. Some people are born with weak vein valves as a result of genetics, which can lead to spider or varicose veins.
Standing/Sitting for Long Periods
People who spend many hours of the day standing up, like nurses and teachers, are at a greater risk for developing the condition. If you stand for a long time, the pressure in your leg veins increases and the valves have more difficulty pushing blood back to the heart. Occupations that require you to sit still for long periods of time, like desk jobs, can also increase your risk for the condition because staying still can hinder blood flow.
Other Factors
Many other health conditions can cause spider and varicose veins. Obesity is often a major spider vein cause, and some medications, such as birth control, can increase your risk of developing the condition. People with a history of blood clots also tend to develop the condition.

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Treatment options for varicose and spider veins will vary from person to person as no two cases are identical. The proper procedure will require determining the actual cause of the varicose or spider veins. Know that your spider veins can be treated in our office with safe, effective and generally painless procedures by our caring staff.
– Ambulatory Phlebectomy
– Traditional Sclerotherapy

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