Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and appear as red, purple and blue vessels that are most commonly found on the ankles, thighs, feet and face. These veins normally appear on the skin’s surface and look like short, fine lines, starburst clusters or tiny webs. Normally these veins cannot be felt by touching.
The causes of spider veins can be divided into congenital and acquired factors. A family history of spider veins, also referred to as Telangiectasia, can increase your risk of developing spider veins.
Acquired factors like older age and gender will also predispose the development of spider and varicose veins. Females are affected more often than males, and one of the main reasons for this is pregnancy. Hormones circulating during pregnancy can weaken vein walls and increased blood volume during pregnancy can distend veins causing valve dysfunction that leads to pooling in the veins.
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