What causes spider veins and when should you speak to a doctor about them? Spider veins may be small, but they can often indicate a more serious condition. While spider veins may be purely cosmetic for some people, its still important to speak to a vein specialist.
Spider veins are tiny, thin veins just under the surface of the skin. They resemble spider webs, hence their name. Although some people say they look like marble too. Aside from an unsightly appearance, spider veins can cause symptoms such as burning, itching, cramping, and heaviness in the legs.
Spider veins may appear in the legs, hands, and face. These thread-like veins are caused by unhealthy valves in the veins. This allows blood to flow backwards instead of moving up toward the heart like it should. This leads to spider veins and varicose veins.
Men and women of all ages can develop spider veins. In fact, many people will encounter vein health issues in their life. Usually its hereditary, so if your grandparents of parents have spider veins, you’re more likely to develop them. Additionally, pregnancy and jobs that requires long periods of standing or sitting can increase your risk of developing spider veins, or make existing ones worse.
Since spider veins are visible at the surface of your skin, they can usually be diagnosed by a vein specialist during a physical exam. These purple, pink, or red veins can appear on the legs, hands, face, and chest. They may be flat, or slightly raised to the touch.
Its time to talk treatment. Whether its purely cosmetic, or for pain relief, there are options for treating the root of spider veins. These treatments are performed in the office, quickly, with no need for downtime or recovery. To learn more, please contact the Vein Center of Maryland today.