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What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are dilated veins that can occur anywhere on the body, but are commonly seen in the legs. Varicose veins often enlarge significantly during pregnancy and with each subsequent pregnancy. Pregnant women may notice varicose veins in the labia and around the buttocks. Varicose veins in men can involve the scrotum and are called varicoceles (see questions pertaining to varicoceles for more info).
Spider veins are the smallest varicose veins that affect the superficial blood vessels just beneath the skin. They are often red or blue. They may be linear, branching, or in a fan-shape. They may be few in number and involve only a small area, or they may be numerous and have a rather extensive coverage area on the skin.

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