Do spider veins cause soreness to touch like a bruise? Absolutely! Spider veins are tiny red or blue surface blood vessels that materialize just under the skin. They are found more frequently on the legs, but can also show up on the face or other areas of the body.
These unsightly blood vessels can appear as petite, separate lines, each line looking like a large hair or they can connect to one another appearing as sunburst shape. They can also take on the form of a spider web or a tree with branches. Spider veins may appear in a small area where they are not really noticeable, or they can take over a large area of skin and be very unappealing.
Larger dilated blood vessels called varicose veins, in most cases they appear as bulging vessels just above the skin surface. They can be accompanied by spider veins.
You may have pain associated with varicose and spider veins that ranges from mild and throbbing to a burning feeling. Larger problematic veins are more likely to cause discomfort, although tinier blue veins have been reported to cause pain too.
If spider veins are problematic or you just want to get rid of them, they can be treated with laser or by injection of a special solution that can assist in erasing them. The veins will either disappear or become quite smaller.
While the cause of spider veins is not completely known, heredity seems to be a key factor. Spider veins can affect both men and women, but more frequently in women. Female hormones also play a key factor in their development. Puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, or hormone replacement therapies are also contributing factors.
Spider veins that appear on the nose or the cheeks of people who are fair-skinned, in most cases this is caused by over exposure to the sun.
Prevention of spider veins is not always possible, but wearing support hose can minimize the development of these unwanted blood vessels. Managing your weight and exercising regularly can also help, as well as eating a high-fiber diet and wearing low-heeled shoes. Not standing or sitting for long periods of time and sun protection is key when it comes to minimizing the number of spider veins on the face.
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