Very few patients are aware of reticular or blue veins. Most of them are only familiar with varicose and spider veins. Whenever we inform our patients here at DHR Health Vein Institute that the blue lines on their thighs or legs are a result of reticular veins, most of them get concerned since they know very little about them.
1. What are Reticular Veins?
Reticular veins are veins that form deep inside your skin surface, usually less visible. They have a diameter that ranges from 1-3 mm; making them smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins. Moreover, they are less twisted and generally flatter when compared to varicose veins. They are greenish or blue and often contribute to the development of spider veins.
2. What are the Causes of Reticular Veins?
The typical function of veins is to transport blood from the body back to the heart. When you are involved in activities such as walking or cycling, the calf muscles compress your leg veins and force blood back to the heart. Veins only have one-way valves, whose purpose is to prevent the backward flow of blood to your legs. If these valves become faulty, veins enlarge and become varicose as well as reticular (in the case of small superficial vessels). Other causes include hormonal problems and genetic predisposition.
3. What are the Symptoms?
Reticular veins mostly cause aching of your legs. During hot days, your calf, ankle or feet may swell while veins become inflamed and soar, leading to a blue or greenish color around them. You will also experience long-standing vein problems such as rashes, skin discoloration, skin thickening and infections of the skin.
4. How are They Treated?
Just like spider veins, reticular veins are treated using professional procedures that are designed to affect the vein in such a way that it eventually fades from view. If you think you may have reticular veins and you want to learn about your treatment options, make sure to speak with the experts at DHR Health Vein Institute in McAllen during an initial consultation. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started!