Spider Veins are small clusters of red, purple, or blue lines that are clearly visible on the skinís surface. They look like thin lines and are sometimes connected together like spider webs or tree branches. Spider veins are most often seen on the thighs, feet, and ankles but they can appear on the face around the nose and chin. This is why many people want to get rid of spider veins.
Causes of Spider Veins
The exact cause of spider veins is unknown. They affect both men and women, but are more common in women, suggesting that female hormones, especially post-menopausal hormone replacement, may play a part in their formation. Spider veins run in families, which points to a potential genetic cause as well. Injury and exposure to the sun are also implicated in spider vein formation.
Complications of Spider Veins
Spider veins are not dangerous and treatment is usually related to their unsightly appearance.
Spider Vein Prevention
Despite our best efforts, spider veins may not be entirely preventable. Recommendations such as weight control, avoiding birth control pills and hormone replacements, wearing support hose, protecting your skin from the sun, and exercising regularly may help, but if you have a family history of spider veins, there is probably no way for you to prevent them.
Spider Vein Treatment
The current procedure of choice for spider veins is sclerotherapy.