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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple veins near skin surface.


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Are varicose veins deadly?

Are varicose veins deadly?

No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple veins near skin surface.


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What are varicose veins and spider veins like?

What are varicose veins and spider veins like?

Spider & varicose: Varicose veins are bulging blue veins larger than 3 mm in diameter, almost always found on the legs. Spider veins are red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin, up to 1 mm in diameter. They commonly occur on the legs and face, and may be seen elsewhere. ...Read more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Wear support stockings
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Get a venous ultrasound for reflux
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Spider veins how to eliminate or reduce?

Spider veins how to eliminate or reduce?

Can be treated: I disagree that a total vascular examination must be performed. In selected cases where there is suspicion of underying veins (significant symptoms, presence varicose veins or swelling, certain patterns of spider veins), then an ultrasound should be done. Otherwise, many patients with spider veins can simply be treated, generally with sclerotherapy. See a vein specialist/phlebologist. ...Read more

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How does sclerotherapy for spider veins work?

How does sclerotherapy for spider veins work?

Seals the vessels : The sclerosant irritates the tiny spider vessel where injected, causing it to clot and shut off flow. Spider vein clots do not break off and travel to cause pulmonary embolism or stroke (that occurs with the deep leg vessels that develop clots, not spider veins on the skin's surface). Most sclerosants are mild and nontoxic such as Hypertonic Saline or aethoxysclerol. Injector skill is critical! ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic predisposition
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What causes varicose and spider veins?

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Heredity: Far and away, the major cause of varicose and spider veins is heredity. Other factors can contribute to their development if you have inherited a tendency to get varicose veins in the first place. These include prolonged standing, age, pregnancy, hormones, and trauma. Surprisingly, obesity has not been shown to be a cause of varicose veins. It does increase the risk of complications though. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins painful?

Possibly: Other symptoms can include restless leg syndrome, skin changes in the lower leg to include darkened pigmentation, eczema and even ulcers. If you are having pain consult a board certified phlebologist, interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Are spider veins a symptom associated with a particular medical condition?

Are spider veins a symptom associated with a particular medical condition?

Varicose veins: The most common reason why spider veins develop in the legs is because of underlying venous reflux. This means that there are veins that aren't flowing properly under the surface of the skin that you can't see. When there is underlying reflux going into large veins at the surface, you see varicose veins. When small veins are affected, you see spider veins. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & i'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins. Walk 6 days a week

What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & i'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins.  Walk 6 days a week

See your doc: If you have concerns about a blood clot of your leg, you should see your physician. Blood clots of the legs can cause pain and swelling, and discoloration. The concern with leg blood clots is that they potentially pass to your lung which can be dangerous. Your doctor may order an ultrasound of your leg veins to rule out a blood clot as the cause of your pain. Your pain may be due to varicosities. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins dangerous?

Are varicose veins dangerous?

They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www.Phlebology.Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read more

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How are varicose or spider veins treated?

How are varicose or spider veins treated?

2 ways: Laser or injection with a sclerosing agent(chemical which destroys the vein). Often, patients will require multiple treatments. We offer both treatments here at TLC aesthetics in tampa, florida. High concentration saline(saltwater) is no longer the standard of care for treatment of this condition given it being less safe and effective than current technology. ...Read more

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Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

Usually not: Spider veins are typically an inherited condition that only affects the skin. They are most commonly a cosmetic issue only & are usually not an indication of an underlying vascular condition or health problem. If you have very aggressive or severe spider veins or have pain & swelling in the legs in association with the veins, then it is possible that you might have venous reflux. Seek vein MD. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins disappear with laser treatment? I have spider veins and larger veins

Do varicose veins disappear with laser treatment? I have spider veins and larger veins

Varicose Vein Laser: Yes. There are multiple types of vein lasers & they tend to be very effective for curing vein diseases. An endovenous laser treatment, known as evlt, is used to treat varicose veins. Other types of surface lasers are used to remove spider veins. Often combined treatment are used, i.e. Laser and sclerotherapy vein injections. Make sure you see a vein specialist (vascular surgeon) to discuss. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Yes: Spider and varicose veins are extremely common in the legs. Varicose veins are not uncommon in the groin/pelvis, but would be rare elsewhere. Spider veins are commonly found on the face, and can be seen on the trunk as well. ...Read more

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I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?

No: Any vein specialist can help you distinguish between the two. An ultrasound may be suggested as certain spider veins may reflect deeper disease. Check miamibeachvein.Com to learn more. Check phlebology.Org for a referral. ...Read more

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Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

DVT's in deep veins: DVT or deep vein thrombosis is confined to the deep veins. Varicose veins are bulging superficial veins. These empty into the deep veins. Occasionally, clots in superficial veins can grow and enter the deep veins. Usually, some condition promoting clotting tendency in blood combined with immobility causes most DVT's. ...Read more

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Is sclerotherapy effective for small spider veins?

Is sclerotherapy effective for small spider veins?

Yes Very Effective: Sclerotherapy is the most effective and versatile treatment / procedure to eliminate spider veins. Advances with the medication sclerosant and lights such vein light have made the treatment even better. Multiple spider veins associated with symptoms should have an ultrasound evaluation so it is recommended to seek treatment with a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Can spider veins occur on arms?

Theoretically yes!: I hope you are talking about thread like veins. I said theoretically as in 30 years of od vein practice I have not seen them on the arms. Legs, face, upper chest yes. Arms not yet. Go see a vein specialist who can treat them too. ...Read more

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Spider Angiomas (Definition)

Spider angiomas (Spider nevus, spider veins, nevus aranius, & vascular spider.) = dilated blood vessels close to the skin surface. It can take the shape ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

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