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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredSpider veins are those red, purple, or blue lines that can be seen through the skin, often found on your legs. They are actually dilated blood vessels that have been turned or twisted, and thus can be seen through the skin.Helpful? 4 people found this helpful.
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, only they are much smaller. They are red, blue or purple in color, and they appear as branch like or web like clusters on the skin.
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Spider veins are flat, thin veins that can occur anywhere along the body. Learn more from Johns Hopkins Medicine about spider veins.
Greenville Health System answered
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, which occur when veins stop functioning properly and produce pressure, swelling and pain. However, spider veins are much smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. They are usually red or blue/purple in color and resemble a spiderweb pattern. These veins can cause discomfort but, unlike varicose veins, usually do not become a serious medical condition.
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Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredSpider veins, technically known as telangiectasia, are capillaries and small veins that become visible through the skin of the legs and thighs.
Spider veins are most likely to appear during pregnancy and are present in most women by age 30. They are caused by the weight of blood that dilates the capillary walls. As the skin thins with advancing age, the veins become more visible.
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Spider veins are small varicose veins that have a bluish, weblike appearance. Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins near the surface of the skin that most often occur in the legs and ankles.
Spider veins do not usually cause symptoms, although some people may feel mild itching or burning.
Spider veins are common and generally are not a serious health problem. Most people can manage varicose veins with home treatment, such as exercising, wearing compression stockings, and elevating the legs.
Other treatments include sclerotherapy, in which a chemical injection into a vein makes it close; or laser therapy, which scars and closes a vein. A closed vein loses its source of blood and dies. This makes it likely to fade or disappear.
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Susan Evans, Dermatology, answeredSpider veins refer to those red, purple or blue lines that can be seen through the skin. These are actually dilated blood vessels that are turned or twisted. Some appear as short fine lines, others in clusters, and others in the spider web shape.