Spider veins are an extremely common occurrence. They tend to affect women more often than men, but can realistically occur in anyone. Spider vein treatment is usually undergone for cosmetic reasons, but severe cases of spider veins can cause pain and discomfort.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are tiny, thin veins that mimic the appearance of a spider web. These veins are visible just underneath the skin. They usually occur on the legs, but they can also occur on the chest, face, or hands. Besides the web-like appearance, some symptoms of spider veins can include swelling, as well as burning or heavy sensations in the affected area.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are created when there are unhealthy valves in the veins that cause the blood to flow backward instead of up to the heart, which creates these “dead-end” veins. This causes the blood to pool, because the vein doesn’t circulate the blood as it should. Though there is no singular cause of spider veins, there are many factors that increase the risk of developing them. These factors include heredity, obesity, trauma, hormone fluctuations, menopause, pregnancy, and age.
How Can I Treat My Spider Veins?
There are several treatments for spider veins. Severe cases of spider veins can lead to extreme discomfort and can significantly impact the quality of life, so treatment may become necessary. Options for spider vein treatment include laser therapy, wearing compression stockings, exercising regularly, sclerotherapy, weight control, and refraining from long periods of sitting or standing. Please note that many of these options should only be done with guidance from a professional. For example, ill-fitting compression stockings can cut off the circulation completely, rather than reduce the pressure on the vein.
Issues with your skin can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even downright painful. If you have any concerns about your skin, you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Allen-Taintor Dermatology today!