Top 5 Spider Vein Myths

There are a lot of misperceptions out there about Spider Veins. One of the leading reasons that so many people have trouble with spider veins is because the condition is so vastly misunderstood. Spider veins are enlarged veins that develop close to the surface of the skin. They appear as a twisted cord, and are often red or blue in appearance. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but are smaller and do not bulge above the surface of the skin.

Here are five of the top myths many people have about spider veins.

  1. Myth: Spider veins only develop in women. Both men and women develop spider veins. Pregnancy does increase a woman’s risk of developing spider veins, but the condition itself does not discriminate on gender.
  2. Myth: Spider Veins will disappear completely with creams and topical ointments. This is not a skin condition. Certain creams with nutrients like vitamin K claim to make spider veins disappear but this is not true. Certain nutrients can help to lessen the visibility of spider veins, but only medical treatment can make them completely disappear.
  3. Myth: There is no way to prevent spider veins. There are a number of steps that you can take to prevent the development of spider veins, including maintaining a healthy weight, not crossing your legs and avoiding improper footwear, like high heels.
  4. Myth: Spider veins will disappear with a tan. Many people think that getting a tan will fix their spider veins because the darker pigment on their skin makes the veins less visible. The truth is that too much sun exposure can actually cause spider veins. If you are out in the sun, make sure to wear the proper skin protection.
  5. Myth: Spider veins only develop with age. Age is one of the leading factors for the development of spider veins, but teenagers are also at risk for developing the condition. As you get older, your valves weaken and the veins are more likely to become damaged, often resulting in spider or varicose veins, but people of all ages can get the condition.

There is a lot of hearsay about how spider veins develop, who is likely to develop them and what to do once the twisted veins appear under your skin. Taking the time to sort the facts from the fiction is important when you are looking for vein treatment. If you have any further questions about what spider veins are or are not, then talk to your Marietta vein specialist, Dr. John Perry.


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