What to Know About Varicose and Spider Veins

Updated on: August 18, 2014

An important fact that far too many people tend to overlook is that no on is perfect. Heck, even babies, who don't yet have fully developed hormones get zits from time to time. Imperfections do indeed happen at any age, and when you get older, it usually comes in the form of vein abnormalities.

Take a look at any old person's legs, and you're bound to see some varicose and spider veins. While some might argue that varicose and spider veins are just the natural progression of skin aging, they can actually also indicate the occurrence of certain health changes and medical conditions.

For example, varicose and spider veins often appear on the legs of women who have had multiple pregnancies. You have probably heard the phrase "keep your feet up" and it is important to do that during pregnancy. This is because the weight gain associated with pregnancy puts pressure on the legs, and that is how varicose and spider veins start.

Additionally, these kinds of veins can be a signal of poor circulation associated with heart disease. When arteries are clogged, it becomes harder and harder for blood to be pumped through the veins. As a result, sometimes the blood pools in the veins, and that is how things like spider veins become apparent. These kinds of veins can also be caused by sitting for long periods of time with your legs crossed.

So, what can be done to treat these kinds of veins? Well, first of all, it is important to note that, as a general rule, the smaller the veins are, the less of a threat they are at the moment, and vice versa. However, if your veins cause you a significant amount of discomfort, you should seek medical attention no matter what.

Specifically, you will need to see a dermatologist, who will recommend a couple of different options to you. The first of these options would be to have a series of injections. In this kind of procedure, medicine would be injected into each of the problematic veins, which would hopefully thus collapse them. This kind of procedure is ideally meant for people who have small to medium veins.

For people who have large, inflamed veins, laser treatments might be suggested. This is an outpatient medical procedure, and the patient can return to normal activities (with an eye on resting the legs) within a couple of days of the procedure. If the vein symptoms are serious enough, the dermatologist might recommend a series of both injections and laser treatments.

The most important thing to keep in mind is any preexisting conditions. Before you can have either of the two procedures, you will first need to undergo a thorough examination. This is the first thing that any reputable, certified doctor performing the procedure should do. So, what's the most important think to keep in mind? These kinds of veins are best treated early on in their detection. The longer you leave your veins untreated, the more problematic they might become.

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