What Are Spider Veins And How Do We Get Rid Of Them?

Those red, blue and flesh colored veins on your leg aren't bruises, they're called varicose and/or spider veins. 

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. 

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Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin (womenhealth.gov).

Here's how it occurs: Often times spider veins or varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. As we all know, the heart is used to pump blood through the body and keep us up and running. Your legs tend to have the most pressure. Valves in your body act as a flap to keep your blood flowing one way up the leg. If your valves become weak, blood can leak into your veins and collect there, then giving you the appearance of spider veins. 

 

Causes

Aging: As we get older, our veins may grow weaker, causing blood pressure issues to arise. 

Medical History: If your mother, father or another family member have venous insufficiency, it is normal that you too could have this issue a young age.

Lack of Movement and Obesity: Weight gain can cause pressure and inflammation in the body. Lack of movement can also cause your veins to have to work harder for blood to pump throughout your body. Crossing your legs is also said to contribute to the causes of spider veins. 

Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy, puberty, birth control pills and menopause can also trigger vein issues. Being a women is tough!

I am often times asked if I bruised my leg, but nope, just genetics. 

Cure for Spider Veins: 

Note: Treatment is not always permanent, but can be! There are some treatments that are better for spider veins (the tiny ones) or varicose veins (for the bigger ones).

Treatments vary in pricing depending on the amount of veins you have to get rid of and the type of specialist that's treating you. 


Sclerotherapy: One of the most effective way to treat these veins is through sclerotherapy. A doctor uses a needle to inject saline or detergent into your veins, causing the vein to collapse and find another route for blood flow. Treatments are done every 4-6 weeks and to those that don't mind needles, can be quite painless. Bruising and swelling may occur, but will subside. 

Other forms of possible treatment for visible veins: 

  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Transilluminated Powered Phlebectom
  • Ligation and Stripping
  • Surgery (for more serious cases)
  • Natural remedies, exercise and compression stockings
  • Using Tylenol instead of Advil 

So no worries, you can say bye bye to those bothersome veins! But just like with any other medical procedures, be sure to check with your doctor for proper consultation!

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