What are spider veins and what causes them?

What Are Spider Veins
Varicose veins are known to be a very common affliction and are essentially veins that lay just below the surface which have become larger. They can vary in color, sometime showing as blue, red and even occasionally flesh colored and will appear as though they are trying to bulge out. Spider veins are of a similar nature but are considerably smaller and tangy looking, a bit like a spiders legs.

How Do You Get Spider Veins
Both varicose and spider veins are caused by the valves which are within the veins either becoming very weak or somehow damaged. It’s because of this, the valves become faulty and start to affect the blood flow, and instead of it flowing back to the heart it instead allows some blood flow back into your legs. This can on most occasions be caused by any hormonal changes that are taking place or potentially a blockage in your blood vessel and is known as chronic venous insufficiency – obviously a conversation with your local GP would be required if you have any concerns.

Blood can leak from deeper lying veins causing varicose vein formation beneath the skin and/or spider veins in the skin.

Blood can leak from deeper lying veins causing varicose vein formation beneath the skin and/or spider veins in the skin.

What Causes Spider Veins
These types of veins can often develop due to a number of reasons with the most common cause of spider veins being ageing. Your movement can become a lot more restricted as you start to age – primarily due to wear and tear, this causes the blood vessels to become faulty and damaged. Other spider veins causes can be things such as pregnancy where you put extra pressure on your body to cope with the extra one(s) you are carrying, or hormonal changes. Another common spider veins cause that seems to be getting more and more of an occurrence these days is obesity. Additional body weight can be know to restrict movement in your body and obviously put extra pressure on it, similar to pregnancy.

Although spider veins are known for being very unsightly and causing discomfort to the patient, they aren’t considered to be dangerous in the long term. That said, it is always worth getting them checked on a regular basis, more for piece of mind than anything else, as sometimes in serious circumstances, they could lead to blood clots, infections, and on occasion – open sores.

If there is anything that you are unsure of now that you have a more general idea of exactly what spider veins are and what causes them but are still unsure or have any further questions – then a visit to your local doctor is something that would normally be recommended.

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