What are purple, red and blue?

Spider veins are purple, red and blueIf you guessed spider veins, you are correct! Spider veins can appear as purple, red or blue lines on the face, legs and other areas of the body for both males and females. You know that they’re capable of causing physical discomfort in some cases, and that they form in unconnected lines and patterns resembling a spider’s web–but do you know about their differences in color.

What do the different colors of spider veins signify?

When your veins function properly, they carry venous blood from the extremities to the heart and lungs. On the other hand, if veins do not function properly or in other words are faulty, purple, red, blue and sometimes even black visibly striking thin lines may develop on the surface of your skin. This happens due to venous insufficiency, which results in pooling of blood in the veins, a condition called as venous congestion.

How Colored Spider Veins Appear

Typical spider veins appear to only have a diameter of approximately 1 millimeter on the surface of your skin but can be as wide as 3 millimeters below the surface. When spider veins are larger in size they tend to resemble varicose veins.

When spider veins are smaller in appearance they may be a pinkish, red color. However, larger spider veins tend to appear more prominently as purple or blue. Occasionally, spider veins will appear in clusters which is a condition commonly referred to as “blushing.” Make sure you aren’t mistaking these clusters of purple, red and blue veins for bruises. Unlike bruises, spider veins likely will not fade over time.

When Spider Veins are Red

When spider veins appear on your face and around the areas of your nose they tend to be redder in color—though they may be blue instead. Spider veins appearing on and around the nostrils of the nose occur when blood starts to pool under the surface of the skin. Facial spider veins don’t only cause cosmetic issues, they occasionally can be painful. Some triggers for facial spider veins include overexposure to sun, trauma, allergies and Rosacea.

When Spider Veins are Blue

Blue spider veins often appear closer to the skins surface as a result of blood pooling due to weakened valves. Most commonly, blue spider veins can appear on the legs of both men and women, even though they are more often found in men. Specifically, spider veins appear often on the upper portion of the thigh area as well as around the knees, joints and ankles. Spider veins that are deeper than others tend to be bluer in appearance.

Spider veins appear differently person to person depending on their exact cause. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in the areas where your spider veins appear, then you may want to speak with Dr. Perry about specific options for treatment.


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