Is it a spider vein, varicose vein or do I have both?

Have you seen small blue spider web-like lines on your legs? Or perhaps you’ve noticed larger, bulging blue or purple veins on your thighs or calves? Spider veins and varicose veins are quite common. In the United States approximately half the population has vein disease, which causes these unsightly, obnoxious veins.

The reason you are seeing these veins

Vein disease is prevalent but there are is a reason these veins pop up on your legs. Likely, one or more of these factors applies to those affected:

Genetics – Half of people with vein disease also have family members with the disease.

Genetically, valves in vein walls are weak.

Age – With older age, veins strength is diminished.

Hormonal changes – Changes during pregnancy, menopause or due to birth control pills cause these estrogen and progesterone changes that can form spider and/or varicose veins.

Lack of circulation – Sitting for extended periods and standing for hours compromises blood flow and makes veins work harder to circulate blood.

Sun exposure – Too much sun without protection can cause spider veins on the nose, cheeks and legs.

Pregnancy – Beside the hormonal changes, an increase in blood to support mother and fetus causes veins to be under stress, and enlarged. Pressure on the pelvis from the uterus also hinders blood flow in the legs.

Spider and varicose veins up close

Spider and Varicose veins are also most commonly seen in the legs. Blood is meant to be pumped from the heart down to the legs and back up to the heart. Leg veins have a difficult job, the valves in vein walls need to push blood against gravity to the heart to be reoxygenated. When the vein’s valves are weakened, blood flow is halted and blood pools in the veins, causing varicose and spider veins.

Spider veins appear as blue, purple or red thin blood vessels. These veins appear just beneath the skin’s surface, and are likely a symptom of poor circulation. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. They appear as clusters and are grouped together. Although usually considered a cosmetic issue, the appearance of spider veins could indicate a deeper vein issue in the lower legs. Varicose veins are in the deeper skin layers. They are enlarged, stretched out veins filled with pooled, excess blood. Varicose veins appear twisted, rope-like and bulge out on the surface of the skin from their deep rooted position.

Symptoms of vein disease

If you are one of the 50% of women or 40% of men with vein disease, your symptoms may align with the following:

Aching pain

Swollen legs

Heaviness and fatigue in the legs and ankles

Discoloration or darkening of the skin

Cramping and/or restless legs

Itchiness near veins

Venous eczema, red, dry and itchy skin

When vein disease isn’t treated, symptoms can worsen intensely. There is risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis, a blood clot in the deep veins. If blood continues to be backed up in veins, the skin could give way to an ulcer. Treatment is the only cure that stops blood from pooling and allows healthy veins to be utilized again. Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas has the perfect options for you. Dr Sassan Kaveh is highly trained in the latest vein procedures. Radiofrequency Ablation and ClariVein treatments are minimally invasive, not painful and recovery time is usually just a few days. Most insurance plans cover varicose vein treatments since it is considered a progressive disease. Say goodbye to all of your vein worries and symptoms. Call Alpha Vein Clinic today and let our caring and knowledgeable staff answer any questions you may have and schedule a consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

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