Reticular veins have similarities to but are smaller than varicose veins. Despite their small and thin size, they can cause health problems if left untreated. If you suspect you have reticular veins, then come to our office for a consultation.
Appearance and Location
Reticular veins are larger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins. They are approximately 2-3 mm in diameter. They are also found deeper in the skin than spider veins, so they are not typically visible right on the skin’s surface.
Reticular veins form in web-like or thread-like clusters. They appear blue or indigo due to these veins carrying deoxygenated blood. People generally suffer from reticular veins on the inside of their ankles, thighs or on the backs of the legs.
What Causes Reticular Veins?
Reticular veins are caused by aging, chronic constipation, injury to one’s skin, genetics, paralysis, repeated sun exposure, and several other factors. One of the main causes of reticular veins, however, is venous insufficiency. That condition refers to the inability of the veins to circulate blood.
Venous insufficiency is caused when veins near the skin’s surface become visible and stretched. The stretched veins become dilated, allowing them to hold more blood, which then causes them to be more visible on the skin’s surface.
What are the Symptoms?
Common symptoms in patients suffering from reticular veins include:
- Intermittent leg discomfort or pain
- Heavy feeling in the legs
- Leg fatigue
- Leg cramps
- Intense itching
- Reticular, discolored, small, thin branch-like veins behind the knees
- Visual abnormalities
- Pain and aching
- Burning sensation
- Overall fatigue
What Treatment Options are Available?
Today, removal of reticular veins is typically a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that can be performed in the comfort of our office here at DHR Health Vein Institute. If you know you have a vein issue that needs treatment or even if you suspect you do, contact us today to schedule your consultation at our office in McAllen. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your vein issues!