Are you noticing small red or blue web-like veins appearing under the surface of your legs? They are not varicose veins, and they are not highly-pigmented regular veins either, in fact they are spider veins.
Causes and Symptoms
The main cause of developing spider veins is heredity. If spider veins are in your family history, it is likely that you will develop them. Other factors include pregnancy, being overweight, or regularly undergoing long periods of inactivity (such as a desk-job).
Symptoms of this vein disease can vary but some common symptoms associated with spider veins are:
- Tired and heavy legs
- Swelling in the legs
- Itchiness or numbness
- A burning sensation
- Tenderness in the legs
Difference between spider and varicose veins
Vein disease can affect people in different ways. This is why some people may develop varicose veins, or spider veins as a result of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or even both types of veins. The main difference surrounding these veins is in their appearances and symptoms. Spider veins appear smaller and more pigmented (usually red, blue or purple) and they do not appear to bulge out of the surface of the leg. On the other hand, varicose veins usually appear as large bulges on the surface but are in fact much deeper in the leg, and they can be red, or green. The causes of developing both types of veins are the same; however, symptoms can vary. Unlike with spider veins, people suffering from varicose veins may notice pain in the legs, or even bleeding on top of the other symptoms (such as tired legs, and swelling).
Treatment of Spider Veins
The best way to prevent the development of spider veins is to regularly wear compression stockings. However if you do start to notice spider veins forming it is important to get an ultrasound to find the root cause of the problem (which could be venous insufficiency) and treat it accordingly, as the veins will not go away on their own.
At Canada Vein Clinics we specialize in the treatment of varicose veins. We offer numerous treatments for this condition and help to find the best treatment for you. Book a consultation to find out more information! Give us a call today at 1-888-876-8346, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.