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Speider Veins

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Spider Veins:

 

Spider veins are dense clusters of red or bluish blood vessels visible on the skin’s surface. They always appear superficially underneath the skin’s surface in a web-like pattern expanding outwards. While spider veins aren’t medically dangerous, they can cause significant self-consciousness and occasional discomfort.

 

Spider veins usually occur when the valves within the veins stop functioning properly. The valves usually act like one-way doors, allowing blood to flow towards the heart but not backward. When the valves malfunction, blood may flow backward and pool within the leg veins. Over time, accumulated blood in leg veins will make them appear prominently.

Causes of and Risk Factors for Spider Veins

Spider veins develop from a backflow of blood in the veins. This condition, which results from damaged valves in the veins, is called "venous reflux." As blood collects in these veins, their walls distend. This increases the size of the veins, and makes them visible under the surface of the skin. Risk factors for developing spider veins include the following:

  • Increasing age

  • Hormonal changes

  • Pregnancy

  • Obesity

  • Lack of exercise

  • Sun exposure

Having a family history of spider veins is also a risk factor for developing them.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Spider Veins

Spider veins, which are diagnosed through a physical examination of the patient, an analysis of symptoms and, sometimes, diagnostic ultrasound, can be treated in a number of ways, all of which are minimally invasive.

 

Compression Stockings

The simplest solution for treating spider veins is for the patient to wear compression stockings, which put pressure on the affected veins and promote blood flow back to the heart. This method is designed to control the symptoms of spider veins, not remove them.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosant, a solution designed to collapse them, into the veins. This procedure is performed in a doctor's office. Each treatment takes approximately one hour, and a typical patient requires two to four treatments.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), which is also called "laser ablation," consists of inserting a catheter with a laser probe attached to it directly into the vein. The laser heat seals off the damaged vein, and diverts blood flow to healthier vessels.

The above treatments have fewer side effects, cause less pain and have shorter recovery times than traditional surgical-vein-removal procedures.

Prevention of Spider Veins

Although there is no sure way to prevent spider veins, making certain lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of developing them. Lifestyle changes include losing weight, exercising regularly, and wearing support stockings and comfortable, flat shoes. It is also important to move the legs frequently, especially during long periods of sitting or standing in one place.

 

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