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Spider Veins

A leg exhibiting spider veins

Spider veins are enlarged veins near the skin surface that appear purple, red, or blue. They are commonly found on the surface of the thighs, calves and ankles, though they can also appear on the face and other parts of the body.

People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concern. However, it is also common for spider veins to cause symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching and night cramps.

Spider veins may be isolated or associated with “feeder” veins. They can also be associated with larger underlying varicose veins.

Certain factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal factors, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and trauma

There are several options in treating spider veins. The most common is sclerotherapy, laser and camouflage. Surgery is never used to treat spider veins.