The Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins

Is it a varicose vein or a spider vein? We get these questions often, as sometimes both of the conditions get confused for one another.

Here’s a simple way to tell:

Spider Veins:

Spider veins are generally tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that become dilated; because they’re so close to the surface of the skin, they can be seen easily.  Clusters of spider veins may appear to be a bruise.  Spider veins can form due to heredity, injury, pregnancy, or hormonal changes.  These veins are not usually harmful, but in rare cases they can bleed and lead to more serious conditions.

Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins are more painful and more noticeable.  If varicose veins are close enough to the surface of the skin, they appear ropey, gnarled, and reddish or purple.  Varicose veins can lead to more serious issues such as blood clots, and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.

Varicose-and-spider

Luckily, with either of these conditions, there are ways to diminish and eliminate problematic veins. Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced, minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Robert Merchant or Dr. John Daake to determine the best treatment for you! (775) 239-3100 www.renoveinclinic.com

 

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