Women are more likely to suffer painful spider veins.
Heredity is the number one contributing factor causing varicose and spider veins. Women are more likely to suffer from abnormal leg veins. Up to 50% of American women may be affected. Hormonal factors including puberty, pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills, estrogen, and progesterone affect the disease. Other predisposing factors include aging, standing occupations, obesity and leg injury.
To help prevent development of spider veins and varicose veins, we suggest the following:
• regular exercise
• proper weight
• avoid crossing legs when sitting for long periods of time
• elevate legs when resting
• avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
• wear elastic support stockings
• avoid wearing high heel shoes for long periods of time
• eat a low-salt, high fiber diet
Spider veins can be removed with a procedure known as sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy can be done in the physician’s office without anesthesia. Patients can return to normal activity right after the treatment.
Dr. Zakhary has vast experience in treating spider veins. Most insurance companies will cover this procedure if all alternative treatments have failed, however, we do have very affordable self-pay options available as well.
For more complicated conditions such as inflamed varicose veins, other minimally invasive, office-based treatments are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact our office.