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What Are Spider Veins?

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.

If you are interested in learning more about spider veins, visit http://www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100.

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Besides being hard to pronounce, Telangiectasia is the chronic dilation of groups of capillaries near the surface of the skin. It can develop anywhere on the body but is most common on the face around the nose, cheeks and chin. When similar veins are found on the legs they are commonly called spider veins. The causes of Telangiectasia can be congenital and acquired. Acquired causes include venous hypertension with underlying varicose veins. Blood flow abnormalities can also lead to Telangiectasia or spider veins in the legs. Telangiectasia usually isn’t painful, but the underlying causes may be.

There are two treatment options for Telangiectasia, laser treatments and foam sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy is a non-operative treatment that uses micro-injection technology to inject a FDA approved solution called Sotradecol®. Compression stockings must be worn after sclerotherapy treatments on the legs.

The Reno Vein Clinic has experienced doctors who perform both treatment options for Telangiectasia. Call to set up a consultation today (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com for more information.

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