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Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins: Differences, Causes, and Prevention

Vein disease affects patients in many different ways. Perhaps the pain prevents you from doing things you love. Or maybe swelling kicks up after a long day of work. Symptoms can vary, but when it comes to varicose and spider veins, many of our patients share common complaints. Though varicose veins and spider veins look very different, they are actually quite similar in nature. We’ll explore key differences in spider veins vs. varicose veins as well as examine causes and treatment options.

How do they differ?

Location and presentation are the two main differences between spider and varicose veins. Spider veins are small red, purple, and blue vessels that are easily visible through the skin and most often found on the legs, chest, and face. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are often large and bulging that usually develop in the legs and/or pelvis. Both types of veins are visible through the skin, and both are twisted due to damage.

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

Varicose and spider veins seem to occur as a result of both genetic and environmental factors. Heredity and a history of blood clots can make you more likely to experience them. Parents who have a history of varicose veins often pass them down to their children. However, many environmental factors can influence their occurrence. Obesity and conditions that cause pressure on the abdomen can lead to the development of varicose veins. They are also exacerbated by increases in hormones that happen with pregnancy, puberty, menopause, or through the use of birth control pills. Finally, varicose veins are seen more frequently in people who work jobs where they have to stand a lot, such as nurses and hairdressers.

How do I treat my spider veins and varicose veins?

Varicose veins can interfere with your life, causing pain, burning, and throbbing in your legs. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can offer you immense relief. At Alate Vein Center, we offer four main treatment options: vein ablations, VenaSeal™, Sclerotherapy, and Phlebectomy. We know that each patient has different needs, so we will discuss the best course of action for you at our free vein screening. At Alate, we evaluate completely so we can treat the root cause for your spider or varicose veins and give you the best results. Don’t just live with the discomfort that varicose and spider veins can cause – reach out to us today!