About Spider Veins Disorder

Spider Veins Disorder

Spider veins are small blood vessels that can be red, purple or bluish in colour and are easily seen through the skin. They occur most often on the legs and face and increase in frequency with age. Up to 60% of adults will suffer from spider veins. Women develop them more frequently than men.

Potential causes of spider veins include

  • Heredity
  • Occupations involving lots of standing such as nursing or working in a factory
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences including pregnancy, puberty, menopause, birth control pills, or postmenopausal hormone replacement
  • A history of blood clots
  • Conditions causing pressure in the abdomen such as tumors or constipation
  • Trauma or injury to the skin
  • Previous vein surgery
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays

Spider veins can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including aching or cramping in the legs as well as tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, and heaviness. These symptoms can usually be temporarily relieved by elevating the legs or wearing support hose or compression stockings. For women, symptoms may worsen during certain parts of their menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. If left untreated, spider veins can develop into swelling, ulcers, blood clots, or an increase in pigmentation, especially in the ankle region.

Doctors the Vaughan Vein Clinic treat spider veins using sclerotherapy.


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