Spider veins and varicose veins are very much the same in many ways despite being different. Varicose veins are smaller and red, blue, or purple in color. They are more visible through the skin, especially in the legs and face. They look like a network of web-like blood vessels that can really affect your confidence in exposing your legs. Though varicose veins are harmless, they can cause a burning or aching sensation if you have been standing for a prolonged length of time.
Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
There are many factors that can cause the development of spider veins, and, more often than not, these are also the same reasons for the formation of varicose veins:
- Genes. If some of your immediate family members or relatives have varicose veins, it is likely that you will have them, too.
- Job. If the type of job that you have involves standing for long hours, there is a high chance for you to develop spider veins.
- Obesity. It has also been discovered that obese or overweight people are more prone to having spider and varicose veins.
- Hormonal imbalances. The hormonal changes that you experience during your pregnancy, menopausal, or puberty can also cause you to develop these veins.
- Birth control pills. It has also been discovered that women who take birth control pills are likely to develop these veins.
- Blood clot history
- Various conditions that increase the pressure on the abdomen like constipation, tumors, or even garments such as girdles also increases one’s chances to have varicose veins.
- Trauma or injury to the skin and exposure to ultraviolet rays can also lead to the formation of these veins.
Women are more at Risk to Varicose Veins
While it is true that there are some men who have varicose veins, this skin problem is most common to women. As a woman ages, the chances for her to develop spiders and varicose veins also increases. It is said that between 30-60 % of aging women have either spider or varicose veins.
Varicose Veins Treatments
As already mentioned, varicose veins don’t really pose a threat on your health; it is more of a beauty issue. However, if you have varicose veins, and you really want to get rid of them since they affect your physical appearance to a certain extent, here are some of the options that you may go for:
1. Sclerotherapy. The visible veins that you have are injected with a solution that closes and scars the veins, eventually rerouting the blood flow to healthier veins. That is what sclerotherapy is all about. After only a few weeks, the visible veins vanish from sight. However, this procedure can engender some side effects such as swelling, color change of the injected skin, and itching that eventually go away.
2. Laser Surgery. This procedure works by emitting strong bursts of light that slowly make the veins disappear. As compared to sclerotherapy, though, laser surgery is less effective as the treated veins may reappear in the same area after a couple of months.
With sclerotherapy or laser treatment, you can successfully get rid of the unsightly varicose veins that you have.