You’re not alone if you have started to notice that you have spider or varicose veins. It is a very common condition that affects millions of Americans. You may be concerned that they are unsightly – but are they dangerous? Read on for 8+ things you should know about spider and varicose veins!
Varicose and spider vein facts
What causes spider veins? Is it unhealthy to have varicose and/or spider veins? You should know:
1. Varicose veins are the type of veins that bulge from just under the skin. Typically they aren’t dangerous, but for some patients they can lead to blood clots and other serious health problems.
2. Spider veins are smaller and thinner than varicose veins; they may look like blue or purple spider webs. They usually aren’t painful and they aren’t dangerous.
3. Spider veins can appear anywhere, including the face, although they are usually found on the legs.
4. Varicose veins are usually on the feet or legs.
5. Spider and varicose veins are found more often in women. Fluctuating hormones throughout life can play a part in getting veins, which is caused by pregnancy, menopause, and all of the other hormonal changes.
6. There are different treatment options available for veins, such as sclerotherapy, which involves injection of a special solution into the vein to help collapse it. Radiofrequency ablation is another option. Many of these options are nonsurgical. Your doctor will advise you as to which treatment would be best for you.
7. You may be more prone to veins if you sit or stand all day. Crossing your legs for long periods can also cause veins because it impedes blood flow.
8. There are treatments that you can perform at home to help the discomfort. Your doctor may give you compression stockings to help with circulation, you can make sure to take regular walks, and you can try elevating your legs. Losing excess weight and going on a low-salt diet can help as well.
Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary can answer any questions you may have about your spider or varicose veins and then can help you to find the right treatment. Contact the Glendale, Arizona, office today, at (623) 258-3255 for an appointment!