Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Treatment



SPIDER VEINS and VARICOSE VEINS are very different in appearance but are similar in their basic characteristics. An estimated 30-60 percent of the adult population develops varicosities during their lifetime. More women than men develop spider veins or varicose veins. Advancing age influences both sexes to develop problem veins.


There are many reasons why a person develops spider veins or varicose veins, but some factors include being female, genetics, careers involving long hours of standing, obesity, hormone fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy or menopause and taking birth control pills.



Weak or non-functioning valves within a blood vessel cause varicose veins. Veins circulate blood back to the heart but when a valve does not function properly, it causes blood to leak backwards and pool in the vein. This is called venous insufficiency and causes vein enlargement.


Spider veins can develop for the same reason, but are further influenced by sun exposure, obesity, birth control pills and hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.



The symptoms are similar for both vascular conditions but symptoms of varicose veins are usually more severe than symptoms of spider veins.


SPIDER VEINS are often asymptomatic or cause minor burning or itching at the site. 

VARICOSE VEIN symptoms include leg aching or cramping, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, burning and throbbing or tingling in the legs. Skin ulcers, especially in the ankle area, are not uncommon with varicose veins due to severe vascular disease.



The basic physical characteristics of spider veins include:


* Red, purple and blue veins

* Tiny, web-like configuration (smaller than varicose veins)

* Easily visible

* Located close to the skin’s surface

* Most frequently seen on legs and face



The basic physical characteristics of varicose veins include:


* Large, raised swollen veins

* Gnarled, twisted veins

* Often skin colored; can also present as purple and blue veins

* Highly visible

* Most often seen on the legs, especially the thighs, inside of leg and leg calves


VARICOSE VEINS sometimes develop into ulcers or deep sores. They can also evolve into an area of increased pigmentation, especially around the ankle.





** SPIDER VEINS are mainly a cosmetic problem. If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins, several treatments are available, including:


Sclerotherapy - During this treatment, your doctor injects a solution into the spider veins. This causes them to scar and close. The blood will then flow to other, healthier veins. The spider veins should fade within a few weeks. More than one treatment may be needed for a vein, although the procedure usually works the first time. The main side effects include itching, swelling or changes to the skin color in the area.


Laser therapy - Your doctor aims strong bursts of laser light at the spider veins. This causes them to slowly fade and disappear. This procedure does not require any needles or incisions. Laser surgery works best for smaller veins. It can cause side effects such as itching, redness, swelling, bruising or permanent changes to the skin color.

It may take several months after treatment for spider veins to fade. In addition, they may not go away completely and can sometimes form again in the same area.


** VARICOSE VEINS can also be treated with sclerotherapy and laser therapy, though laser therapy works best on spider veins and smaller varicose veins. 


VARICOSE VEINS most suitable be treated with:


Endovenous thermal ablation therapy - A device is inserted into the vein through a small cut. Laser or radio waves are used to create heat that closes off the vein.


Vein stripping - A long varicose vein is removed through several small incisions in the skin.


Ambulatory phlebectomy - The varicose vein is removed one piece at a time through several small punctures in the skin.


Endoscopic vein surgery - This procedure is used for more advanced types of varicose veins. A video camera is inserted into the leg. The vein is then closed and removed through small incisions in the skin.





You may not be able to prevent varicose veins or spider veins from forming but some lifestyle changes may ease the symptoms or keep the varicose veins from getting worse. 


Which includes:

* Exercising regularly

* Maintaining a healthy weight

* No tight-fitting clothes

* Elevating your legs frequently

* Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods


In addition, compression stockings may help with varicose veins before other treatments are needed. These squeeze the legs and help the veins and muscles move the blood toward the heart. The stockings can be found at most medical supply stores and pharmacies.





A physical evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider, often with the aid of ultrasound, will provide you with reliable information and treatment options. This will be invaluable in making an informed decision as to "How To Proceed With Treating SPIDER or VARICOSE VEINS For The Safest And Best Results".

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