Spider Veins on Legs: How Common Are They?

Spider veins on leg in rockford, il

Spider veins are commonly mistaken for varicose veins, a result of venous insufficiency. The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. They are veins that are no longer performing efficiently and turn a red, purple, or blue color while becoming tortuous (or twisty).

These unsightly veins are visible just below the surface of the skin and are smaller than varicose veins. Preventing spider veins requires good circulation and knowing what causes them.

What Causes Spider Veins on Legs?

There are several different causes for both varicose veins and spider veins. One of the most common causes is a job that involves walking and standing for long periods, like a nurse or factory worker. Other causes include:

  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy, menopause, and puberty (due to the hormonal changes)
  • Using birth control pills
  • History of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Any condition that causes or puts excess pressure on the abdominal area such as constipation, tumors, or wearing a girdle
  • History of previous vein surgery

Injury or trauma to the skin as well as exposure to UV light can also cause spider veins. Women are more commonly affected than men and the likelihood that you will experience spider veins increases as you get older.

However, there are things you can do to help prevent both spider and varicose veins:

  • Support or compression stockings maintaining a healthy weight (or losing weight if necessary) is a huge part of preventing spider veins and a healthy diet helps prevent venous insufficiency.
  • Make lifestyle changes – maintaining a healthy weight (or losing weight if necessary) is a huge part of preventing spider veins and a healthy diet helps prevent venous insufficiency.
  • Exercise – regular exercise improves blood flow, keeping both your heart and veins healthy.

Spider Vein Treatment in Rockford, IL

It’s unusual for spider veins to be anything more than cosmetic. But sometimes they can cause symptoms like pain and swelling. But you don’t have to suffer, our vein specialists in Rockford, IL offer state-of-the-art treatments including:

  • Endovenous laser treatment a highly concentrated salt solution or a detergent specifically made for treatment is injected into the spider veins. Over a period of three to six weeks, the spider veins gradually disappear. The procedure is painless and affordable.
  • Sclerotherapy – a highly concentrated salt solution or a detergent specifically made for treatment is injected into the spider veins. Over a period of three to six weeks, the spider veins gradually disappear. The procedure is painless and affordable.

Do you need a spider vein doctor in Northern Illinois? Dr. Gilvydis has been treating patients with spider veins for over 10 years and has the experience necessary to treat spider veins effectively. Call us today for more information and to schedule your consultation.