Are you Likely to Develop Varicose or Spider Veins?

While many people may have the same odds of getting varicose or spider veins, there are several factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing these veins. Factors can include:

  • Increasing Age
  • Having family members who have had vein problems or being born with weak vein valves
  • Changes in hormones. This occurs during puberty and menopause. In addition, taking birth control or medicines containing estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of developing spider or varicose veins.
  • Pregnancy.  During this time, there is a large increase in the amount of blood in the body which can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on veins. Varicose veins normally improve within three months after delivery. However, an increasing number of abnormal veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
  • Obesity, leg injury and prolonged periods of time standing
  • Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

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