Symptoms of Spider Veins & Frequently Asked Questions

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Many patients are unclear of the differences between varicose veins and spider veins. While the two can occur simultaneously, they are two distinct issues - one of medical concern and one that's generally cosmetic in nature. Left untreated, these tiny spider veins will not turn into varicose veins.

Spider veins are the tiny veins that are visible through your skin. They typically do not have symptoms, though occasionally, a patient will report itching or burning at the site of these tiny vessels.

Some patients actually have leg symptoms associated with venous insufficiency (heaviness, aching, fatigue) but only exhibit spider veins on the leg surface. Even in the absence of varicosities, patients with leg symptoms should seek care to ensure the internal venous flow is normal. If we find on ultrasound assessment that there is an element of venous reflux, treatment with the Closure Procedure, VenaSeal or Clarivein is highly effective.

On rare occasions, these small surface veins can bleed, and though the volume of flow and blood loss in truly minimal, it can be very alarming. The reason this occurs is that the skin overlying the spider veins is very thin. With minimal trauma, abrasion or scratching, these skin can erode leading to the bleed. If this occurs, simple firm finger pressure on the bleeding spot, with leg elevation, will usually stop the blood loss within minutes. You should seek attention so treatment can prevent further bleeding episodes.

The majority of the time, spider veins to not pose any risk to the patient's health.

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