SPIDER VEINS Q & A
What Are Spider Veins?
Medically referred to as telangiectasia, spider veins are a common unwanted issue for many patients. They are not typically bulging or painful. Spider veins may appear as a crisscross of colors in thin lines under the skin, creating a spiderweb-like design. They can be multiple colors, however blue, red, or purple are most common. These visible veins can occur anywhere on the body but often develop on the face and legs.
What Are Spider Veins Symptoms?
Spider veins usually do not cause pain, swell, or bulge. They may sometimes itch or burn. Patients with spider veins, those who notice an increasing number of spider veins, and patients who experience additional discomfort such as achy, heavy, or tired legs, should seek a consultation as these may be signs of underlying vein conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Spider Veins Patient Education
What Factors Lead to Spider Veins?
Patients may be at greater risk if spider veins run in their family. Statistically, spider veins are more prominent in women, overweight people, and individuals with occupations or lifestyle requiring them to stand or sit for long periods. In general, conditions that put added pressure on the circulatory system increase the risk of spider vein formation.
Common risk factors for spider veins include:
- Older age
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Sun exposure
Do Spider Veins Need Treatment?
Spider veins do not necessarily require medical attention. However, spider veins can indicate a deeper issue: chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) of the lower extremities. This is a vein disorder that causes blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. If during a spider veins consult, a physician identifies a deeper issue in the patient such as CVI, treatment will often help prevent or delay additional spider veins from forming.
How Are Spider Veins Treated?
Typically, physicians will first recommend a conservative approach. This may include patients using compression stockings, minimizing time spent on their feet, and increasing exercise. Conservative treatment cannot repair damaged blood vessels but may prevent additional spider veins from developing.
If conservative treatment methods do not prevent new spider veins, physicians may recommend sclerotherapy, the most common treatment of spider veins.
Specialized Patient Care
If you have spider veins or other vein symptoms, Dr. Jilbert Eradat can help. With expertise in diagnosing and treating spider veins, Dr. Eradat gives each patient individualized attention. Major insurance plans and Medicare accepted..