Spider Veins Causes
Spider veins are small, thin veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue or purple in color and form a web–like pattern. Spider veins can occur in any area of the body, but are most common on the legs and face. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but there are several factors that may contribute to their development. One of the most common causes is heredity, as these symptoms tend to run in families.
Other factors that may play a role include pregnancy, obesity, lack of exercise and occupations requiring long periods of standing or sitting. Additionally, exposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds can also increase your risk for developing spider veins. Hormonal changes during puberty and menopause can also cause spider veins due to increased levels of estrogen in the body. It’s believed that this hormone causes dilation of blood vessels which leads to the formation of spider veins.
Treatments for Spider Veins
Spider vein treatment options vary depending on their severity and location on the body. Treatment options include sclerotherapy injections which involve injecting a solution into affected vessels causing them to shrink or fade away over time; laser therapy which uses light energy to destroy affected vessels; and surgery which involves removing affected vessels through small incisions in the skin.
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