Spider veins are like varicose veins, only smaller. They are often caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. They are aesthetically unappealing on the legs, and they can even cause discomfort. No one enjoys having them or seeing them though they are common and affect nearly half of all women and just a little under half of all men.
There are some things that increase your risk of getting spider veins. You are more likely to have them as you age, if you are overweight, exposed to the sun or were born with weak veins. These veins normally appear in the legs because of the pressure of your body on that area. Gravity does the rest of the work and the legs endure most of the pressure over the course of your life.
You may start to see the spider veins, but you may not have any visible signs. You may notice something is going on based on other symptoms. If you have an aching pain in your leg that gets worse the longer you stand or sit, you might be developing spider veins. If you feel throbbing, cramping, or heaviness in your legs, you may be at risk. Sometimes you might notice swelling, restless legs, or a rash, which are signs that spider veins may be about to appear.
Spider veins do not normally cause large health problems though they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If yours are bothering you, you might want to do something to correct the issue. There is no right or wrong answer as to when you should seek treatment for your spider veins. If they bother you, you should go in and seek help. Spider veins, like many other ailments, are easier to treat the sooner you go in. In cases where they get worse, treatment could take longer or not go as well. As soon as the veins start to bother you, have your doctor look at them so you can learn about your options.
If you have decided you want to do something about your veins, but you are not sure what the options are, schedule a consultation with our team at South Texas Vein Institute so you can explore your treatment options. Our doctors specialize diagnosing and treating vein issues. We will work with you to determine the underlying causes of your spider or varicose veins so that we can recommend the most appropriate treatment. Contact South Texas Vein Institute today to schedule your consultation.