Our veins can get damaged through genetics, accident, or just time, as with any other part of our body. Sometimes a vein issue simply changes our appearance, while other times a vein issue can cause real health complications. If you have concerns about your veins, it’s worth seeing a doctor to make sure there is nothing more serious going on underneath the surface. Keep reading to learn about spider veins, and what is truly going on under the surface of your skin.
Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins
Though spider veins and varicose veins have a lot in common, they are different in how they look on your skin. Both vein issues are common, especially as we get a little bit older. Though they are both caused by damage to the veins, varicose veins and spider veins look different, and may be different in treatment options.
Spider veins are those purplish or bluish veins that are visible under the skin, often on the legs but on other parts of the body, too. They may resemble rivers as seen from an airplane.
Varicose veins are often larger veins that are raised above the surface level of the skin. These do not often have a color to them, and look just like shadowy shapes on the skin. You may also feel them as little tubes or pieces of string, as they are raised above the skin.
What Causes Them?
There are many factors that can contribute to spider veins and varicose veins including:
- Hormonal fluctuations due to pregnancy or menopause
- Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors
- Standing for long periods of time (often due to work)
- Birth Control Pills
- Blood clots and/or a history of blood clots
How Can I Treat These?
Compression socks or sleeves are often the go-to for painful spider or varicose veins. These can be helpful if they can be hidden under clothing. Unfortunately, compression socks or sleeves do not solve the problem, and your veins go back as they were when the compression garments are removed.
If your spider veins cause you pain or aching, other solutions may be better for you. We have minimally invasive options such as sclerotherapy and CoolTouch Endovenous Laser Ablation, which will be discussed during your appointment.