The Top Causes of Spider Veins | What Are They?

August 1, 2023
By United Vein & Vascular Centers®

What are the top 3 causes of spider veins? 

Spider veins are small and thin veins that can be easily noticed near the surface of the skin. They are blue and purple in appearance and seem to twist in every which way. Spider veins are caused when small blood vessels in your body become damaged and struggle to function properly. 

What are the top 3 causes of spider veins? 

What exactly causes spider veins is difficult to pinpoint, but there are certainly a variety of factors that can increase the risk of developing spider veins. To learn more about these risks, keep reading below: 

  • Standing or sitting for too long a period of time — If you’re someone who works behind a counter or needs to be on their feet (or in a chair) for extended periods, you could be at a higher risk of developing spider veins. They can frequently appear in those who stand or sit for long periods of time. 
  • Family history — People who have relatives with spider veins are more likely to develop them too. If someone in your family had spider veins, this could cause you to get them as well. 
  • PregnancyPregnancies can often cause people to develop spider veins in the backs of their legs. If you’ve developed spider veins as a result of pregnancy, they often go away in a few months but may become permanent in some instances.  

Spider veins vs. varicose veins 

It’s important to note that spider veins are similar to and often mistaken for varicose veins. Spider veins are a cosmetic issue; while varicose veins can also be problematic in the cosmetic sense, they can also present some uncomfortable symptoms in some patients. Those who experience these uncomfortable symptoms should seek out a vein and vascular specialist who can help them manage their discomfort. Varicose veins can negatively affect your quality of life, so getting treatment and guidance from a specialist can really make a world of difference. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your varicose vein treatments 

You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life.  

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment. 

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