What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, like the name suggests, are spider like in appearance. They are simply a group of enlarged and entwined veins that look quite spindly. They are a very fine form of varicose vein, often found on the legs and face.
This condition is a very common occurrence and can be caused by heredity, pregnancy, weight and occupations that require you to stand on your feet for long periods of time or sitting for long periods of time.
Spider like veins, although fine in appearance, are easily seen through the skin and can be the cause of social embarrassment and anxiety.
Diagnosing Spider Veins
For the purposes of diagnosing, a doctor will initially want to examine the area around where the veins appear. He/she will want to examine and evaluate the blood flow of the veins. From there you may need to visit a vein specialist.
A vein specialist will evaluate you using an ultrasound to make sure there isn’t a deeper underlying cause to your spider like veins. If there is, then the underlying cause will need to be treated first.
- Restless legs
- Itching around the veins
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Tiredness in the legs
In the case of women, the above symptoms generally get worse during menstrual cycles and pregnancy.
Spider veins can occur at any age with both men and women equally prone to getting them. However, that said, women do tend to be the greater sufferers than men.
How Do They Occur?
Blood is kept flowing through your veins by ‘one-way valves’. When these valves become weak, varicose veins are a common outcome. They appear mostly on the legs and around the ankles.
When blood is able to seep back through the valve of a vein, the blood starts to collect. Pressure, as a result, builds within the vein. Veins can then become twisted, enlarged and weak.
It is very rare for spider veins to be the cause of any serious medical condition, however, they have been known to ‘bleed’ when the skin becomes very thin and if this occurs, immediate medical treatment should be sought.
It is interesting to note that the greatest sufferers of spider like veins, whether they be men or women, are persons over the age of 50yrs.
Potential causes of spider like veins:
- Having a history of blood clots in the family
- Consuming oral birth control pills
- Occupations that demand standing or sitting for longer periods of time
- Excessive sun exposure
- Hormonal influences during pregnancy and menopause
- Growing old – an estimated 30% to 60% of adults are known to have spider veins
It is not strictly known if you can totally prevent the development of spider veins but you can always try to lessen the chance of their appearance. Try not to cross your legs while sitting down, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid wearing high heels.
These are just some of the preventive methods that might help. You could on the other hand use a product called Venorex. Not only does it help in the prevention of Varicose and spider like veins but it’s highly potent, 100% all natural ingredients, can easily get rid of them for you.
If you have spider veins be sure in the knowledge that they are easily gotten rid of. There are many treatments available on the market from creams through to costly surgical procedures.
We advise using 100% all natural cream formulas such as Venorex, as they are the safest way to rid of unsightly veins on your legs and face.