Can Spider Veins Be Dangerous?

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Spider veins get their name from their web-like appearance near the surface of the skin. They often appear on the facial skin, particularly the nose and cheek areas and legs, but can occur anywhere on the body. These tiny, visible veins alone are typically not harmful, but they can accompany other vein problems like varicose veins—which can be serious without proper vein treatments.

To determine if your spider veins are an isolated, mild problem, it’s a good idea to see your vein doctor for a quick, painless exam. If you also have varicose veins with symptoms of poor circulation, you should definitely have a checkup at your local vein clinic. Being pro-active about vein health can help you prevent serious circulatory problems later on in life.

Potential Causes of Spider Veins

Spider and varicose veins share many of the same causes: 

  • Family history 
  • Sun exposure
  • Injury to the skin
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, hormone replacement)
  • Work that keeps you on your feet 
  • Excess body weight
  • Tight clothing that constricts blood vessels 
  • Pressure from poor circulation in the local area or systemically
  • History of blood clots

Vein Symptoms to Watch Out For

If any of these symptoms are bothering you, it’s reason enough to see your vein doctor for a checkup:

  • Visible, tiny spider veins (often red or blue)
  • Varicose veins, blue, red or purple and possibly bulging
  • Itchy, burning sensation in legs
  • Swollen ankles
  • Aching legs
  • Numbness or tingling

Signs of Serious Vein Disease, Requiring Expert Treatment

If you begin to notice the following symptoms and complications of varicose veins–you have more advanced vein disease. Visit your vein clinic to avoid serious health problems:

  • Skin changes: Ankle skin can become hard, shiny discolored.
  • Skin sores: Slow- or non-healing venous ulcers come about from long-term vein problems/backed up blood. Sores may only heal with proper vein treatments.
  • Significant bleeding: Thinning skin covering abnormal veins ruptures easily–and bleeds more than normal.
  • Superficial blood clot: (Thrombophlebitis just beneath the skin.) Look out for a firm, tender vein that feels hard, which may be painful and swollen.
  • DVT: Deep vein thrombosis is a serious, deep blood clot—which can have no noticeable symptoms, but can be deadly if the clot moves into the lung. You might feel pain in your calf (the usual location), inflammation and warm, reddened skin. If you suspect a DVT, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room for immediate care.

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Simple, quick laser treatment is very effective at treating spider and/or small varicose veins — and exams are painless. There’s no reason to hesitate! Have your vein condition evaluated and free yourself of bothersome, painful, and potentially serious symptoms. Contact United Vein Centers today.