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Spider Veins

Spider Veins

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    Spider veins are enlarged capillaries that are usually web-like red or purple lines on the skin.
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    The cause of spider veins is uncertain, but they are believed to be hereditary or due to hormones. Older adults, especially women, are more likely to have spider veins. Localized trauma or injury has also been known to cause spider veins.

About

Spider Veins

Spider veins are enlarged capillaries that are usually web-like red or purple lines on the skin.

Causes and Risk Factors

The cause of spider veins is uncertain, but they are believed to be hereditary or due to hormones. Older adults, especially women, are more likely to have spider veins. Localized trauma or injury has also been known to cause spider veins.

Diagnosis

A doctor will be able to diagnose spider veins with a physical examination of the skin.

Learn More

Learn more about Spider Veins in our Health Library.

*Source:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Treatment

Treatment

Compression hose are the most common form of treatment for spider veins. If that does not produce a result, a procedure called sclerotherapy may be performed. This is done by injecting a saline solution into the vein, causing it to cave in. This normally takes more than one treatment.

Prevention

There is no way to prevent spider veins.

*Source:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

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