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Spider Veins & Varicose Veins

Spider Veins

Appearance

Spider veins are networks of small, thin, red, blue, or purple veins that resemble tree branches or spider webs. They typically appear on the legs and face.

Causes

While the exact cause is often unknown, they can arise from:

Symptoms

Most spider veins are primarily a cosmetic concern. However, some may cause mild aching, burning, or itching.

Treatment

For many, treatment isn't medically necessary. Options for reducing their appearance include:

Varicose Veins

Appearance

Larger, raised, twisted, and often flesh-colored or bluish veins, commonly bulging on the legs.

Causes

Caused by weakened valves or dysfunctional vein walls, causing blood to pool instead of flowing back toward the heart. Factors like age, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged standing contribute to their development.

Symptoms

Beyond appearance, varicose veins can cause:

Treatment

Treatment focuses on improving blood flow, reducing discomfort, and addressing cosmetic concerns. Options include:

Important Notes

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