Get the Facts on Spider Vein Symptoms

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In today’s world, one should be aware of the various implications that any health problem can pose. The complicity can range from burning to painful irritation and can last longer if proper treatment is not conducted.

Among them is “Spider Veins” which may not be problematic in the beginning but can be highly troublesome in the long run. Hence, one should be well acquainted with some of the frequently asked questions and their correct justifications and solutions.

Up to 60% of Adults Suffer From Spider Vein Symptoms

The following is a Q and A related to spider veins & spider vein symptoms:

>  What exactly does the phrase “Spider Veins” mean to us?

According to several doctors and researchers, spider veins which are also known as telangiectasia, are small superficial thread-like veins nearer to the skin surface. They are more protruding and easily seen on the back and sides of the thigh and just below the knee.

These veins are more distinctive in fair-skinned people, and more common in females. The spider veins may appear radically and they have no characteristic symptoms. They can appear as a number of particular bluish or red spots on the legs.

>  Is it possible for spider veins to cause the swelling of legs or pain?

Spider veins are precise miniature veins and thread like ligaments. They are present only as a cosmetic inconvenience. They usually do not cause pain, leg swelling or fatigue. In any individual who has these vein symptoms, the spider veins are not the reason for the problem.

Showing Signs of Spider Veins on Your Legs? If you have questions, we have answers.

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>  What are the essential reasons for the causing of spider veins?

The real apprehension of spider veins is not known but they are more observant in obese persons, women, individuals who are on their feet for a long period of time, minor trauma, pregnancy and sometimes use of contraceptives. There may be a recognized trait for such spider veins. In basic knowledge, any condition that will increase the pressure on the veins can lead to spider veins.
Spider veins can occur due to similar factors that cause varicose veins and acute venous insufficiency. Some of the circumstances include:

  • Genetics: Most women who have inherited spider veins have mothers and/or female relatives with similar vein condition. Weak vein walls and valves, as well as a shortage of vein valves, seem to be hereditary features and may play a significant part in determining who develops spider veins and at what age.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, and to a lesser amount also during periods, fluctuations in the female sex hormones (especially estrogen and progesterone) cause relaxing of the vein walls and valves. This makes women’s veins more liable to stretching and enlargement with increased pressure.
  1. Increased blood volume, which is required to provide circulation to the fetus, also originates increased pressure on the vein walls. The growing fetus also exerts pressure on the pelvis, which in turn, applies pressure on the veins of the legs.

Good News: Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery.

  1. Some women notice spider veins that begin during their pregnancies and persist after their baby is born. Other notice that their spider veins disappear after the baby is born, only to reappear later on in life.
  • Standing and sitting for an extended time: Prolonged standing and sitting create a great amount of pressure to develop in the leg veins. In both conditions, the calf muscles are inactive and therefore cannot help push the venous blood to return to the heart. This makes the blood to pool in the veins, therefore ensuing in increased pressure on the walls of the veins.
  • Injury: In some situations, for some people, spider veins emerge after an injury or a trauma to the vein, such as after a broken ankle, medical surgery, a car accident or a sports injury. Bruising, which is more or less like a pooled blood, is the outcome from broken veins under the skin, and hence can also lead to an inflammatory response, which in turn, can result in enlarged bulging out veins. Sometimes, spider veins can appear many years after the wound has been cured.
  • Circumstances of the veins: In men, spider veins are usually the consequence of blow-outs and outbursts from nearby varicose veins. High pressure from these veins causes adjoining superficial veins to stretch, enlarge and change in color. These spider veins are usually darker and have larger broadness than the spider veins present in women’s bodies.

>   What is the process of treating spider veins & symptoms?

Modern technology has brought about varied types of innovations and medical science too has greatly progressed. The most important thing one should know is that the spider veins are absolutely a cosmetic concern.

There are several ways in which spider veins can be treated. The most common is sclerotherapy, laser, and camouflage. Surgery is never performed to treat spider veins.

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>   How is the process of Laser treatment carried out?

The Laser treatment is a safe, efficient and powerful remedy for treating spider veins. It does not involve the hassle of injections and takes hardly a few minutes. Repeated sessions may be required in some scenarios. Through the laser methodology, the blood in the vein is made to disappear effectively.

>   How is the process of Sclerotherapy treatment carried out?

In this procedure, Sclerotherapy comprises of injecting of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the minuscule veins using a very slim, thin needle. This solution incenses the vein lining making it undergo fibrosis and ultimately disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at every next session. The sclerosing solution used may be either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecylsulfate.

>   Is there any possibility of spider veins reappearing?

Although spider veins can develop in the future during pregnancies, previously treated veins should not iterate. Spider veins can be eradicated but new ones can always appear. Most human beings who have spider veins have a predisposition and despite therapies, new veins will appear in the following years. There is no absolute cure for spider veins.

At USA Vein Clinics, we know treatment and the idea of surgery can be very scary.  Patients are our utmost priority and we stand by our personalized treatment plans that include treating spider veins.  Contact us or call today to get your questions answered.

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