Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

Both men and women suffer from spider veins and varicose veins. Fortunately, there are several options available in Cartersville, GA to treat both types of vein conditions.

Spider veins are small red or blue colored blood vessels situated close to the skin’s surface. Appropriately named because they look like a spider’s web, spider veins are most commonly found on the face or legs. On the other hand, varicose veins are usually found on the back of calves, inside of leg, or on the thighs. Varicose veins can be raised, large, and can bulge and twist, making them quite noticeable under the skin. Although they may be blue, red, or purple colored, some varicose veins are skin colored.

Symptoms of spider veins often include itching and burning, though many patients do not experience symptoms at all. Varicose veins symptoms may include pain when standing or sitting for long periods, heavy feeling in the legs or leg veins, itching, burning, swelling, or cramping.

Spider veins are commonly caused by hormones, injury, pregnancy, obesity, puberty, menopause, birth control medications, or sun exposure. Varicose veins may be caused by damaged or weak veins, which lead to pooled blood in leg veins and vein enlargement.

For both varicose and spider veins, vascular surgeons use schlerotherapy treatment to inject veins with a saline or chemical solution, which collapses the targeted vein. Over time, the collapsed vein produces scar tissue and is reabsorbed into the body. Laser treatment or endovenous ablation are other treatments to improve varicose and spider veins. In some cases of large varicose veins, your Cartersville vascular surgeon may employ a procedure called ligation and stripping to completely remove your varicose veins.

 

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