Spider Veins: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments
Have you noticed thin, web-like veins appearing on your legs or other areas of your body? Commonly known as spider veins, these visible veins are dilated capillaries located near the skin’s surface. They can be colorful in appearance, showing up as red, purple, or blue. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are not usually raised, bulging, or painful.
You may believe that spider veins are just a cosmetic issue because they don’t always hinder your everyday life. Unfortunately, spider veins can indicate underlying vein disease, or venous insufficiency. If left untreated, vein disease can lead to serious health conditions such as blood clots and open, non-healing wounds called venous ulcers.
Our vein specialists at USA Vein Clinics are experts on spider veins symptoms and causes. The good news is that you can treat spider veins effectively with non-surgical techniques like Visual Sclerotherapy. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about these potentially problematic veins and what to do about them.
Spider Veins Symptoms and Causes
What Are The Symptoms Of Spider Veins?
Along with the telltale appearance of spider veins, there are several other symptoms to look out for. If you have spider veins on your legs, symptoms may include:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Leg restlessness, especially at night
- Sensation of tingling, numbness, burning, or itching
- Tenderness or redness surrounding impacted veins
It is also possible to experience spider vein pain symptoms without seeing any visible signs on the skin’s surface.
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What Causes Spider Veins on Legs?
Spider veins are caused by underlying vein disease. Risk factors that can impact your likelihood of developing vein disease include:
- Family history of vein disease: When it comes to developing problems with your veins, there is a strong genetic component involved. If you have a close family member (or multiple ones) with vein disease, you are more likely to develop varicose and spider veins.
- Standing for long periods of time: Vein issues can develop when you have to stand or walk for an extended amount of time because your veins strain against gravity to pump blood back up to the heart. This often results in blood collecting in the veins of your legs, ankles, and feet.
- Obesity: Along with impacting your overall physical health, excess weight puts extra pressure on leg veins increasing the likelihood of developing spider veins.
- Pregnancy: Increased blood flow and extra weight during pregnancy can cause spider veins to develop. Changes in hormones during pregnancy can also be a contributing factor to developing vein issues. While they do not pose a risk to you or your pregnancy, they should be taken care of if they persist after pregnancy.
- History of blood clots: Previous damage to vein valves may cause them to malfunction which can result in spider veins on your legs and other symptoms. Malfunctioning veins can also raise your risks of developing blood clots.
- Use of birth control pills: An influx of estrogen and progesterone such as birth control pills or changes in hormones can weaken vein valves.
What Are the Risks of Spider Veins?
Spider veins do not usually pose an immediate risk to your health, but over time they can develop into more serious conditions if left untreated. One potentially life-threatening issue that can occur is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which requires immediate medical attention. Additionally, venous ulcers on your legs can put you at risk for infection.
At USA Vein Clinics, we offer effective spider vein treatment that can redirect blood flow around these malfunctioning veins. We also offer varicose vein treatment. After treatment, many of our patients report relief from painful and unsightly vein disease symptoms.
Do Spider Veins Disappear on Their Own?
While making lifestyle changes, such as eating a well-balanced diet and exercising more, can benefit your veins and overall health, weakened or malfunctioning veins will not go away on their own. You may experience temporary relief from your spider vein symptoms with lifestyle changes, but the best way to get rid of spider veins on your legs is to seek out a medical professional who can determine the cause of your venous insufficiency and the best course of treatment.
Spider Vein Treatment
Spider veins are treated using a technique called visual sclerotherapy. Visual sclerotherapy for spider veins is a minimally invasive treatment that only involves small injections at the site of your spider veins. There is no need for special equipment, invasive surgeries , or long recovery times .
To learn more about the spider vein treatment offered by USA Vein Clinics, schedule an appointment today. If you prefer a virtual visit, we also offer telemedicine consultations. Whether we see you online or at one of our 90 locations, we can help you find relief. Our experts look forward to helping you discover an improved quality of life.