Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. These veins are typically red, purple or blue in color, and they often appear in a web–like pattern. They can occur on any part of the body, but are most commonly seen on the face and legs. Although this is generally harmless, they can sometimes indicate an underlying health issue that requires attention.
This condition can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including heredity, prolonged standing or sitting, pregnancy, hormone changes, weight gain and trauma to the skin. In some cases, it is simply a cosmetic issue and do not require treatment. However, if the veins become painful, swollen, or if someone experiences other symptoms such as leg cramps, itching or burning sensations, it is important to seek medical attention. In some cases, it may be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency, which is a condition in which the veins are unable to effectively return blood from the lower body to the heart. This can lead to swelling, skin discoloration and ulcers.
Possible Sign of Medical Problems
Spider veins can also be a sign of other medical issues, such as deep vein thrombosis or an obstruction in the veins. In addition to potential medical issues, spider veins can be dangerous because they can cause emotional distress. Many people who have spider veins feel self–conscious about their appearance, and this can lead to low self–esteem and depression. It is important to remember that spider veins are a common medical issue and there are treatments available to reduce or eliminate their appearance. This condition can be dangerous if they indicate an underlying medical issue.
Consult a Vein Specialist
It is important to seek medical attention if the veins become painful or swollen, or if other symptoms occur. Additionally, it is important to remember that spider veins can cause emotional distress, and there are treatments available to reduce the appearance of the veins. Contact Milner Vein & Vascular today for a consultation.