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Top Causes of Spider Veins 

Spider veins are purple, blue, or red blood vessels that appear just beneath the skin. They are typically harmless. Spider veins rarely cause any symptoms. However, they might cause itching, burning, or discomfort (especially in your legs). Treatments might help you get rid of spider veins and feel better about the appearance of your skin. Talk to an expert today to learn more about Boise sclerotherapy treatment

What are spider veins?

Telangiectasias or spider veins are visible, damaged blood arteries just beneath the surface of your skin. They are often purple, red, or blue. They can form clusters that look like tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can appear everywhere. However, they most commonly appear on the legs or face. 

When should you be worried about spider veins?

There is usually no need to be concerned. Spider veins are not inherently hazardous. They simply indicate that some small blood vessels have been destroyed. Spider veins are primarily an aesthetic concern, so you may dislike their appearance, but they will not harm you. 

However, spider veins can sometimes be an early symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This vein condition can impact your quality of life and cause problems. Speak with your doctor if you notice spider veins. They can perform a physical assessment and determine if you are at risk for CVI. 

How common are spider veins? 

Spider veins are rather prevalent. They affect more than half of women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB), and their prevalence increases after age 80. Spider veins are much more common in women and people with AFAB than in men and people born male. 

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins arise when small blood arteries immediately beneath the epidermis weaken and enlarge. It is not always clear what causes this. Among the known causes are: 

  • Trauma or injury. 
  • Hormonal changes. 
  • Connective tissue diseases. 
  • Genetic syndromes. 

What are the risk factors?

You are more likely to develop spider veins if you: 

  • Smoke or quit smoking.
  • Often stand or sit for long amounts of time.
  • Spend a lot of time in the sun.
  • Have close biological family members with varicose veins or spider veins.
  • Use hormone therapy for menopause symptoms.
  • Have a BMI > 30 (have obesity).
  • Are pregnant.
  • Use hormonal birth control.

You may dislike the appearance of your spider veins. But do not worry; they are usually harmless, and treatments can often make them disappear. Even so, it is always wise to see a doctor if you notice any new spider veins. They can occasionally be an early warning sign of more serious blood flow issues. Consult with your doctor about lifestyle adjustments that can help prevent new spider veins from developing. 

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