Spider Veins VS Varicose Veins

Do you feel self-conscious about the spider veins or varicose veins on your legs?  You’re not alone, because spider veins and varicose veins affect people of all ages.  However, most people don’t understand the differences between them, or how they can affect their health.

Why Spider Veins And Varicose Veins Develop

Spider veins and varicose veins are both caused by venous insufficiency.  Healthy veins carry blood back to the heart from other areas of the body.  The veins have one-way valves that normally prevent blood flowing backward, but the valves sometimes malfunction.

When the valves fail to work properly, the blood flows backward and collects in the veins.  Over time this process can result in the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins.

Spider Veins Vs Varicose Veins

Spider veins (also known as telangiectasias) are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop just below the surface of the skin.  They tend to be blue, red, or purple, and are usually seen on the face and legs.   Spider veins are different from varicose veins, which are larger in size.

Spider veins may cause tingling sensations, leg restlessness, swelling, and tenderness around the veins.

Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that typically appear on the legs.  They are normally blue or purple in color.   Varicose veins can be painful and cause swelling in the legs and ankles, heavy or tired legs, and cramps in the thigh or calf.

Unlike spider veins, varicose veins bulge from the skin and can sometimes lead to serious health issues such as blood clots or ulcers.

Would you like to learn more about spider veins vs varicose veins?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Windemere, FL or the surrounding areas, contact The Vascular Experts for a consultation.

You can reach them at www.tveflorida.com, or by calling (407) 236-1369.

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