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Some Basics on Spider Veins

Where do spider veins appear on a person? What’s the first place that comes to mind? Nose? Legs? There’s no wrong answer; spider veins can appear on any part of the body, but they do appear most frequently on the face and legs. Often, people can find spider veins on their chest or stomach.

What causes spider veins to occur? Many factors can lead to the development of spider veins, including sun damage, illnesses, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, liver cirrhosis, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Telangiectasias is a form of spider vein, which are broken blood vessels near the surface of the skin. Spider veins and telangiectasias can be blue, purple, or reddish in color. They usually start off small but branch out if left untreated. Vein damage on the face is most often due to sun damage or impact injuries.

For the most part, spider veins are just a cosmetic issue, but for some they can cause more serious issues.

Are these types of veins preventable? To a degree. There are steps you can take to help try and ward them off, but sometimes genetics gets in the way. Some tips to help keep these veins away:

  • Move around as much as possible to avoid prolonged standing and/or sitting.
  • Keep your weight within a healthy range. Excess weight puts a strain on your circulatory system.
  • Talk to your doctor about if your birth control is causing potential vein issues.
  • Constipation can cause hemorrhoids, varicose, and spider veins, so add more fiber in your diet.
  • Loose clothing is better for circulation.

Book a Vein Specialist Consult

If you notice any veins popping up and/or if they become painful or bleed, it is time to see a vein specialist. If you suffer from these veins and would like them removed, Dr. Peter Mikhail is a vein specialist based in New Port Richey, FL, who treats patients in the Tampa and Clearwater areas. To book an appointment, click our vein treatment  page or call 727- 312-4844.

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