Spider veins and varicose veins are different in appearance but similar in their causes. With varicose veins, the valves located within the veins are diseased and do not fully close to prevent blood in the vein from flowing in the wrong direction. This results in bulging veins in the legs which are often blue or purple in appearance. These varicose veins can cause pain, numbness and fatigue in the legs; and in more extreme cases can cause painful leg ulcers. We as a vein clinic refer to spider veins as smaller discolored veins that have a spider web-like appearance. These veins are generally not painful, and are treated cosmetically.

Much like varicose veins, spider veins are directly caused by a buildup of blood. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps so that blood doesn’t flow downward with the pull of gravity. If these valves become weak, blood can leak back down and collect, causing veins to enlarge. Spider veins can also be caused by hormonal changes, exposure to sun without sunscreen, or pressure-inducing conditions like constipation or tumors.


The final factor that differentiates varicose veins from spider veins is that they can lead to more serious health problems, including:

  • Sores or skin ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Signs of Vein Problems:

The symptoms are similar for varicose and spider veins, but are typically more severe for varicose veins. Spider veins may cause minor burning or itching at the site. Varicose vein symptoms include leg aches or cramps, a feeling of leg heaviness, burning, throbbing or tingling. Skin ulcers, especially in the ankle area, are not uncommon when varicose veins are particularly severe.

Preventative Measures:

Fortunately, there are many actions you can take in order to prevent spider and varicose veins from developing:

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin when in direct contact with the sun
  • Reshape your diet to exclude salty foods and include high-fiber foods (fiber reduces constipation, and salty foods can exacerbate swelling)
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time, exercise regularly to improve leg strength and circulation, and elevate your legs when resting
  • Wear support stockings with your doctor’s prescription!

Removal of spider veins and varicose veins:

Removal of spider veins and varicose veins is affordable and may be covered by your insurance. Treatment has never been quicker and less painful. It’s a quick and easy process that will get you looking and feeling better in no time, and onto a road of recovery.

While spider veins may go away over time, varicose veins usually do not, and require treatment. Treatment of these venous diseases can alleviate pain, nasty appearances, and reduce your risk of serious health issues in the future. To learn more about treatment for varicose veins and spider veins, contact Dr. Sassan Kaveh at Alpha Vein Clinic today at (702) 430-7661.

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