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Can spider veins be dangerous?

Spider veins are narrow vein discolorations on the surface of the skin, which have a weblike pattern. They may appear anywhere on the body, but most often on the thighs, calves or face. Spider veins develop when small groups of blood vessels near the surface of the skin become dilated. Poor circulation in the body can contribute to the appearance of spider veins. Although they may be unattractive, spider veins are unlikely to cause further medical problems. If you are troubled by the look of these veins on your skin surface, vein treatment is available that can help.

Causes of Spider Veins

Experts are not clear on why some people develop spider veins, while other people do not. Evidence suggests that heredity, pregnancy, aging, hormonal issues and trauma can all contribute to their development. More women than men develop spider veins, and older people, in general, have more vein problems. Individuals who stand for their work for long periods of time are often prone to developing spider veins and varicose veins.

Spider Veins Are Usually Not Dangerous

Spider veins may be unsightly, but they usually don’t cause medical complications. However, they may become severe enough to cause pain, pressure, and itching when you are on your feet for extended periods of time. Spider veins also may indicate vein blockages deeper inside the body, so discuss the matter with your physician if you are concerned about a growing number of spider veins appearing over time.

Managing Spider Veins

If you notice thin, spider web-like vein patterns developing on your legs, you can implement a number of strategies to minimize the problem. Manage your weight carefully to avoid putting extra pressure on veins. Stay active to improve your circulation. Wear support stockings during the day to distribute pressure on veins in the legs. Take breaks during the day to sit down and relieve pressure on the lower legs. If you experience discomfort from spider veins, talk to a vein specialist about options for spider vein treatment.

The Kimmel Institute Can Help With Spider Vein Problems

Dr. Richard D. Kimmel uses his extensive knowledge and experience of vein restoration to help patients in the Boca Raton, FL area to look better and feel better. He and his staff offer a number of treatment options for problem veins. Call The Kimmel Institute today at 561-948-5560 for an appointment to learn more about spider vein treatment.