What is the difference between varicose and spider veins?
Spider veins (referred to medically as telangectasias) and varicose veins are not the same — and one does not lead to the other. Whereas, varicose veins are large, swollen and occur singularly on the legs, spider veins are delicate and tend to develop in clusters. They are, however, caused by similar factors.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins can be caused by a variety of reasons including genetics, age, trauma, hormones, and often increase during pregnancy. Although spider veins do not often produce symptoms, they can along with deeper feeder veins cause itching, burning, restlessness, and leg pain. Spider veins occur most often in women, although they are also seen in men.
What are the symptoms spider veins?
Typically, spider veins cause itching, burning, restlessness, aching and heavy legs that tire easily, with symptoms often worsening as the day continues. Relief comes with walking or elevating the legs. Yet there are many that experience no symptoms at all except for the unsightly appearance of the veins on their legs.
What are treatment options for spider veins?
Compression stockings are used to increase blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and fatigue. We carefully measure and fit these support garments to your leg in order to provide the most accurate compression for your specific needs.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure which involves the injection of a concentrated solution through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally.
Laser can be used on the surface of the skin to treat spider veins. This is typically not a treatment covered by insurance.