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Reticular Veins: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

If you are concerned about your vein health, you are likely already familiar with varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, unsightly veins that often cause pain and discomfort. Spider veins are smaller, more colorful, and tend to form in a web-like pattern.

Reticular veins may not be as familiar to you. These dilated vessels typically appear as blue or green, and range in diameter from 1mm to 3mm. Reticular veins are larger than spider veins, though smaller than varicose veins. Below, learn all about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of reticular veins.

What Causes Reticular Veins?

Reticular veins are a sign of underlying vein disease. Reticular vein causes and risk factors can vary, but there is a strong genetic component involved. In other words, if a close relative has reticular veins, you are more likely to develop them.

Other risk factors for reticular veins include being:

  • Over age 50
  • A woman
  • Pregnant
  • A smoker
  • Hypertensive (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetic

What Are Common Reticular Vein Symptoms?

First of all, you should be aware that many cases of vein disease exist with no visible signs. Instead, you may notice leg discomfort or a range of other symptoms. You might have reticular vein symptoms if you experience leg issues such as:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

When you have reticular veins, they are often accompanied by spider veins. These types of veins are sometimes referred to as “feeder veins” because they branch into other spider veins. In addition, the development of reticular veins can increase the number of visible spider veins.

The location of reticular veins differs from that of spider and varicose veins. Reticular veins typically develop on the back of the leg or around the ankles or knees.

If you have pain or discomfort in your legs that you can’t explain, you could have reticular veins or another vein problem. Many types of vein disease cause no immediate harm. However, they can develop into more severe health problems such as blood clots or venous ulcers when they go undiagnosed.

Venous ulcers are open, non-healing wounds that put you at risk for infection. Some types of blood clots, including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), can be potentially life-threatening. If you believe you are experiencing either of these conditions, seek immediate medical care.

Common symptoms of vein disease include:

  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Tired, aching legs
  • Burning in the calf or thigh
  • Leg pain that feels better when you walk or raise your legs
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Difficulty standing for long periods
  • Non-healing wounds on your legs

Reticular Vein Treatment at USA Vein Clinics

At USA Vein Clinics, we treat a range of venous conditions, including varicose, spider, and reticular veins. Our vein specialists know how to treat reticular veins with experience, compassion, and state-of-the-art techniques.

Instead of painful reticular vein removal surgery, we offer a range of minimally-invasive, office-based vein treatments. Instead of treating only reticular vein symptoms, we treat the root cause of your suffering: your vein disease. Our experts can diagnose your symptoms and recommend a course of treatment that addresses the underlying condition.

We aim to improve your leg’s appearance, prevent disease progression, and improve quality of life. You may be surprised to learn that after vein treatment, you can immediately leave and return to most normal activities.

We welcome you to schedule an initial consultation with one of our vein specialists at your convenience. Our nationwide clinic locations make it easy to learn about your reticular vein treatment options. If you prefer, we also offer telemedicine appointments. No matter where we connect, we look forward to meeting (and treating!) you.

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