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Understanding Spider Veins versus Varicose Veins

Spider veins creep in unexpected and unwelcome just like their insect moniker but are even harder to get rid of for many. Also, just as unwelcome are the spider veins next door neighbor we call varicose veins. The causes of these veins are similar and can affect men and women starting as soon as the early twenties for some. Thankfully, treatment is available and can help improve these unsightly pests.

Are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins the Same?

Spider veins are the smaller web-like version of varicose vein while varicose veins are commonly seen as bulging large veins. Both can be blue in color but spider veins may be red while varicose veins may be a deep purple.

Are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Caused by the Same Thing?

Both types of veins can be caused by the same factors. While heredity is one cause, other factors such as age and hormonal changes play a role in getting these veins. Standing or sitting for a long time also causes poor blood flow which attributes to the change in vein appearance. In addition, another factor to consider is obesity. The more a person weighs the more pressure is added to the veins.

Are Men or Women more Susceptible to Spider and Varicose Veins?

While men and women both can experience spider or varicose vein, reality is that women are more likely to get them. The factors making women more prone to unsightly veins are:

  • Hormone changes cause by birth control
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • PMS
  • Menopause

Do Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Cause Health Issues?

While they are not a favorable thing to have, spider veins are not a contributor to and health concerns or discomfort. Varicose veins, on the other hand can lead to ulcers and blood clots. Also, because varicose veins are so close to the surface of the skin they are at risk for bursting.

Treatments and Prevention

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle that promotes good circulation and lowers risk of blood clotting will prevent varicose and spider veins. However, not much can prevent the gift of heredity. For that, there are treatments available. For spider veins there is Sclerotherapy and Laser Therapy to choose from. Both of these options are minimally invasive. Varicose veins can be treated with Endovenous Laser Therapy and in some cases Micro Phlebectomy which may be covered by most insurance carriers. If you need spider or varicose vein treatment in Scottsdale, Chandler or Phoenix contact us at 480-686-8121

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