Spider Veins

Spider Veins Specialist
Spider veins are common and often harmless, but they can cause bothersome symptoms. Whether you desire more comfort or to minimize their appearance, Amy Coopersmith, ARNP is pleased to provide effective treatment options at Amethyst Wellness in Palm Coast, Florida.

Spider Veins Q & A

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What are spider veins?

Spider veins are networks of blood vessels or thin lines that commonly show up on feet, legs, and face. They twist and turn like varicose veins, but are smaller in size, and may be red, blue, or purple. While they’re typically harmless, they can cause bothersome symptoms, such as a burning or aching sensation in your legs, particularly after spending a lot of time standing. Less commonly, spider veins cause darkening of the skin, swelling, and ulcers. Any symptoms may worsen during pregnancy or menstruation.

Who develops spider veins?

Anyone can develop spider veins. An estimated 30-60% of adults have spider or varicose veins. A variety of factors increases your risk for spider veins, including:

  • Birth control pills
  • Conditions that increase pressure in your abdomen, such as constipation and tumors
  • Family history of spider veins
  • History of blood clots
  • Hormonal shifts associated with puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Jobs that require lengthy periods of standing
  • Obesity
  • Tight clothing, such as girdles

Spider veins are also more common in females than males and become more frequent with age.

How are they treated?

If you’re experiencing pain from spider veins, or simply wish to reduce their appearance, treatment options include sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injections of Asclera®, a sclerosing agent, into the spider veins, which causes the blood vessels to clot. Eventually, the clotted vein will be replaced with tissue.

What are the side effects?

Sclerotherapy treatments for spider veins may cause bruising, itching, swelling, and skin tone changes that may be permanent. Your healthcare provider can help determine which procedure is ideal for you.

What lifestyle steps can I take?

Wearing support stockings, sold at many pharmacies and surgical supply stores, can help reduce discomfort caused by spider veins. You can also elevate your legs, particularly after standing for a period of time. Practicing good hygiene, staying moderately active, and losing any excess weight may also help.

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