Understanding Spider Veins




Many times spider veins can be seen as solely a cosmetic problem- posing no real threat to a person’s health and well-being. While the potential health threats of spider veins are slightly less than varicose veins, it’s important to understand what causes them and know that if left untreated, spider veins can cause some serious physical discomfort.


What they are:

First of all, spider veins are tiny blood vessels that appear beneath the skin in twisted patterns of red, blue or purple veins. In 25% of cases, spider veins are a secondary condition caused by vein disease or varicose veins. For this reason, it is important to consult a board certified phlebologist for a thorough diagnosis and look at your treatment options.


What are the risks?

Hormonal changes, especially in women, are the likely causes of spider veins., especially during pregnancy and menopause. As the veins become weaker, blood may begin to pool and cause the formation of unsightly spider veins. There are some lifestyle habits that could lead to spider veins as well. Inactivity is a leading lifestyle cause for spider veins, because the veins in the legs are not supported by muscle and structure and freer blood circulation takes place. Not drinking enough water, smoking and drinking alcohol are also major contributing factors. If you suffer from spider veins, it is important to discuss your treatment options and help prevent more from appearing.


For any questions about treating spider veins, contact Reno Vein Clinic (775) 329-3100


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