What are spider veins?
Often covering the legs, these damaged veins appear to be similar to varicose veins, only thinner. Often red or blue in color and appearing like thin spider webs (hence the name) or branches, these veins are closer to the skin surface and can spread; however, unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically not raised above the skin’s surface.
Spider veins accompanied by symptoms such as aching or pain, itching, burning, swelling, or restless legs can be an indication of venous insufficiency, and treatment is considered medically necessary. Though spider veins may be associated with varicose veins or CVI, the issue may also be cosmetic, in which case treatment is generally regarded as elective.
What causes spider veins?
You are especially prone to developing spider veins if you stand for many hours a day, if you have family members who have spider veins, or if you are a woman who has been pregnant. While spider veins do not represent a significant health problem, they can be quite cosmetically disfiguring.
What are the signs and symptoms of spider veins?
Spider veins usually do not cause physical symptoms; however, some people experience an aching or burning sensation around the veins, especially with prolonged sitting or standing.
How are spider veins treated?
We may ask you to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings are a thicker, heavier type of stocking that is prescribed by your doctor to help prevent or alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins. If worn as directed, they will help you before and after treatment.