Have you noticed signs of abnormal veins through your skin? They can appear as large, blue streaks on the legs or finer lines on the face, chest and/or legs. Varicose and spider veins are both abnormal blood vessels that are enlarged to the point of becoming noticeable. There are some differences in the way the two conditions can impact individuals in spite of the similarities in the conditions.
Varicose and spider veins both develop due to venous insufficiency. This is a term used to describe conditions in which the blood is not flowing through the veins as it should. Veins serve the purpose of returning blood to the heart and lungs so it can receive oxygen that needs to be delivered throughout the body. If problems develop with the veins, they will become larger than normal. The blood will start to back up and pool as opposed to flowing through the vessels properly.
Varicose veins form almost exclusively in the legs. The length of these vessels makes them more susceptible to becoming varicose when things are not working as they should. Inside the veins are valves that help to keep the blood from flowing backwards when gravity begins to become a factor. When an individual is standing, the blood is being pumped in an upwards direction in order to return it to the lungs. If not for the presence of these valves, gravity would cause it to go backwards between heart beats.
When these one-way valves fail, the blood will pool inside the veins because of the gravitational pull. This will create more pressure than normal against the vessel walls. As a result of this pressure, they will enlarge, and varicose veins will form.
Varicose veins can appear blue when they become visible through the skin. In some instances, they can cause the skin to bulge out in a way that looks like cords under the skin. Between the bulging and the colored streaks, it can be enough to make a lot of people self-conscious about their appearance. In addition to the way varicose veins look, they can cause health problems.
Symptoms produced by varicose veins include swelling of the ankles and lower parts of the legs. Many individuals experience numbness and tingling also. Others say their legs feel heavy and tired. Aching is common as well.
Spider veins seldom cause physical discomforts. They typically impact the appearance only. Many people have spider veins on the face. They can form in the legs and chest as well. They appear as fine lines and are red, blue or purple.
If you have varicose and/or spider veins, there are various treatments available at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. Most of them can be done without the need for extensive downtime. Our specialist can evaluate your veins and let you know which treatment method is likely to bring you the best results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!