Spider veins refer to veins that have become visible on the skin due to dilation of blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. They are often called the smaller cousins of varicose veins and are usually red, purple, or blue in color. Spider veins usually appear on the face and legs. Many people consider them to be a source of contention, making them feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. However, spider veins are not just a cosmetic issue – they may be a symptom of vein disease.
Spider veins tend to get worse with time. If caught early, you can save yourself from uncomfortable symptoms and the veins from becoming more visible. Spider veins often get worse with time. Before your spider veins get out of hand, here are some signs to look out for.
Sometimes, we have the occasional visible vein here and there. These veins generally do not hurt if they are normal. Spider veins, however, are uncomfortable. Many feel a dull aching pain in the areas where the veins are pronounced. If the spider veins are in the legs, you may also feel muscle cramping, burning, or throbbing pain in the legs. These symptoms are more likely if you stand or sit for long periods for time. Finally, you may also feel itching on the skin that has spider veins.
If you look at your skin (particularly your hands), you will notice your veins are green in color. Spider veins appear in red, blue, purple shades. These veins also are not ones you would have had since childhood. If you notice red or purple veins that have popped up in recent years, they are likely spider veins. Finally, spider veins appear different than other veins in the way they form. Tiny veins crisscross to form spiderweb-like patterns, hence the name “spider” veins.
Spider veins could affect your quality of life and lead to bigger issues such as varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency comes with complications, such as blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and the development of venous ulcers due to chronic venous insufficiency. In particular, if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, you may want to see a vein specialist to prevent the condition from getting worse.
Today, there are highly advanced treatments available for patients with varicose and spider veins. If your veins make you feel uncomfortable, have them evaluated by the vein specialists at Premier Vein & Vascular.
Our experts treat a variety of conditions, including chronic venous insufficiency, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, poor circulation, and varicose and spider veins. With our state-of-the-art treatments, your vein, vascular, or cosmetic issue will be resolved quickly and effectively.
We have locations in Tampa and Largo from which to serve you. To schedule a consultation, call Premier Vein & Vascular at 1-888-VEINCARE or make an appointment request today.