- Spider veins are damaged veins.
- Sometimes become very painful.
- Crossing your legs doesn't cause this.
Are you suffering from the unsightly signs of spider veins? You are not alone, as an estimated 50% of men and 55% of women develop these as signs of aging.
Medically termed as Telangiectasias, spider veins are a tangled group of small blood vessels that are superficial in nature, located right below the surface of the skin. Appearing in a blue and green web-like pattern, this brings an unpleasant feeling of being affected with a disease. However, this can be easily treated, as there are different ways and experts that can help in spider veins treatment.
Spider veins can occur anywhere on the body, but are easily seen in the skin, mucous membranes and eyes. Usually do not give symptoms. However, some telangiectasias bleed causing significant problems. Spider veins can occur in the brain and may cause major complications in case of bleeding.
Let us know about the types, causes, triggering factors and treatment options of spider veins.
Spider Veins & Its Types
These veins are connected to larger venous system of the human body and can exhibit three different types of patterns. They can be either isolated or may occur in association with feeder veins and large varicose veins. These patterns may include –
- Sun burst or spider pattern
- A tree branch pattern
- Matting or linear pattern of thin lines
Causes of Spider Veins
Women are at a greater risk of developing this condition as compared to men. Spider veins are not the result of any specific individual factor, but can occur due to various factors in both men and women.
The triggering factors may include age, sex, hereditary, habits, gender, pregnancy and lifestyle. Other factors that contribute this condition may include body weight pressure, hormones, immobility, injuries, family history, alcohol consumption, and exposure to sun.
Many people have this impression that spider veins causes swelling and pain, however, they are not associated with any discomfort, with the exception of few cases and are considered mere cosmetic flaws.
Options for Spider Veins Treatment
Although there are many laser treatments available but the treatment of Sclerotherapy is considered ideal in spider veins treatment.
A simple medical procedure, this treatment involves injecting the salt-water solution combined with ethanol into the veins and gradually the network of veins fades over the due course of time due to the fibrosis of the veins.
The solution used in this treatment is also termed as sclerosing agent and is generally hypotonic in nature. Sclerotherapy is safer and a reasonable treatment process as compared to laser treatment of the spider veins.