Creepy spider veins? You may have deeper vein disease in your legs.

With Halloween around the corner, we like to be creeped out. We see the newest scary movie and go to haunted houses to spook us this month. It’s fun to be surrounded by pretend skeletons, ghosts and spiders. This October however, some of the things making our skin crawl may not just be pretend. Spider veins are very real and prominent on the calves, thighs, on the back of the knee of many people. Even worse, these creepy veins can be a sign of progressive vein disease beneath the surface.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that usually develop close to the surface of the skin. They can be blue, red or purple in color, and may look similar to tiny spider webs – hence the name “spider vein.” Spider veins are most commonly located on the legs, and can cover either a small or large area of skin. The bad news is, if you are experiencing spider veins, there may be varicose veins forming in the deeper tissue of the affected area. The underlying cause of both spider and varicose vein conditions is deviation of blood in veins from its normal path leading to blood accumulation, swelling and inflammation of the vein. This condition is called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Risk factors of CVI include:


Occupations that involve a lot of standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and

factory workers.

Occupations that involve sitting for long periods of time, such as office workers.


Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause

A history of blood clots

Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors and


A big difference between spider veins and varicose veins is their appearance. Varicose veins are more rope like, swollen and twisted. Both types of veins are the result of weak or damaged valves within the veins that have lost their ability to effectively pump the blood back to your heart from your legs. As with any vein abnormality, it’s important to

take them seriously and consult a physician to rule out or diagnose serious issues.

Why Do I Have Spider Veins?

Spider veins are extremely common, but that doesn’t make them any less unappealing. Good leg circulation can help prevent them, and there are treatments that will eradicate them. Vein problems are most likely caused by poor circulation in the legs resulting from chronic venous insufficiency. Spider and varicose veins are a sign that this poor circulation is occurring in your body.
With poor circulation comes the following symptoms:




pain in the lower legs and ankles

itching and skin changes in the affected area

Finding the cause of your spider veins can often reveal the formation of varicose veins nearby. Noticing spider veins as well as having any of the above risk factors, is a sign medical treatment is quite possibly necessary. It’s not uncommon to have varicose and spider veins in the same leg. Getting your spider veins evaluated by a vein specialist can help determine if you have a deeper varicose vein forming within your leg. If it is determined that you do indeed have varicose veins lurking beneath the surface, getting them treated with the advanced vein procedures of today can help rid you of your spider veins as well.

At Alpha Vein Clinic, Dr. Sassan Kaveh and his staff are experienced in diagnosing and treating spider veins, along with the underlying vein problems such as varicosities and chronic venous insufficiency that are causing them. We have in-house ultrasound imaging to accurately seek out the deeper diseased veins. Dr Kaveh is highly trained in the latest vein treatments such as radiofrequency ablation and, the newest method, ClariVein. Both treatments are minimally invasive and performed in the convenience of our vein clinic. Since chronic venous insuffiency is considered a progressive disease, your medical insurance will most likely cover the cost. Getting your leg vein issues diagnosed and treated can get you on your way to a full recovery faster than ever before. If you’re experiencing any type of vein problem, call Alpha Vein Clinic in Las
Vegas at (702) 430-7661
to schedule an appointment today for a thorough physical exam and leg evaluation. Dr. Sassan Kaveh will inform you on your specific issue, and create a treatment plan customized just for you.

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