Understand Spider Veins


Spider veins don’t always need treatment but if these cause you pain and discomfort, you may need to have treatment.

What are the spider veins?

Spider veins are common condition that more often affect adults. These abdominally large vessels affect women mostly than man, appears most often on legs and rarely on hands and face. Spider veins affects upto 50% of the population.

Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels and appear as spider web common on legs. They are red, blue and purple and develop close to the skin surface.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are caused by structural abnormalities of blood vessels. Veins carry blood back to the heart by utilizing a series of one way valve to avoid back flow of blood. When these valves become defective by variety of reasons this flow disturbs and cause spider veins in result.

Who can get spider veins?

Spider veins are very common in adults and women tend to get more often than men. There are several risk factors to get spider veins. These factors includes advance age, prolonged standing and sitting, puberty, birth pills, history of blood clot, obesity, hormonal therapy, any injury or surgery and family history.

Spider veins symptoms.

Spider veins more often cause no sign or symptoms unless they have undesirable cosmetic appearance. However different individuals come up with different problematic symptoms including swelling, itching, pain, cramping, burning, heaviness, tingling and throbbing in legs. These symptoms worsen more after prolong sitting or standing especially in adults and resulting brown and itchy skin and skin ulcers.

Spider veins complication and diagnosis

Though spider veins rarely cause any serious illness but in some cases it appears to be ulcer and causes wounds in legs and leads to the soft tissue infection. A health care professional can easily diagnose the spider vein by closely examining the legs and skin.

Though most cases of spider veins don’t need treatment but needs some care as well spider veins also sought for cosmetic reasons. There are several measures which can used at home to alleviate some of the symptoms should they develop.

Treatment of Spider Vein Disease

There are several formulas to alleviate or demolish undesirable spider veins including stockings support stockings or compression stockings are easy intervention to use at home to alleviate symptoms in legs as these stockings increase circulation by increasing pressure in legs. Lifestyle changes spider can be relive by regular exercise and weight loss. Affected individual should avoid prolong sitting and standing and elevate legs while sleeping to improve the circulation. Sclerotherapy sometimes obstinate management at home not yields the desired results. In these cases more advanced and specialized treatment is available.

Sclerotherapy is more advance and common procedure which effectively eliminate the spider veins.

During the procedure which required no anesthesia a solution inject directly to the affected vein which cause the vein collapse and eventually fade away. Treatment with sclerotherapy may require several sessions vary individual to individual and healing time will be three to six weeks after the treatment. Laser therapy this is another alternative treatment for spider vein, it sometimes used as a compliment to maximize the results of sclerotherapy. This is the most effective procedure for spider vein alleviation. Laser therapy uses a focused beam of light that heat and damages the affected blood vessels and eventually fades out, several sessions amy required for the treatment.

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