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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
29 years experience in Phlebology
Non bulging: Spider veins can be red, purple, green in color, not raised or bulging like varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for leg veins, then sup ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Baron
51 years experience in General Surgery
Help is available: The usual place for spider veins is the legs. However, they can occur on the face. They can be removed either by laser, electric pencil or injection ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Presant
40 years experience in Phlebology
Spider vein treatmen: Spider veins are best treated by injection sclerotherapy. A solution is injected into the veins which causes a fibrosis and closure of the veins. A ve ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Sclerotherapy & Lase: Spider veins are best treated with sclerotherapy in combination with laser ablation. However underlying venous disease may be better approaches with t ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul McNeill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: Varicose veins alone are not deadly. However complications of varicose veins can be significant and in rare cases lead to potentially life threatenin ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
A range: They range in size from 0.1 mm to as much as 2 cm or more in size. Spider veins vary in color based on where they are in the skin. The brightest red ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience in Plastic Surgery
NdYag laser: Ndyag laser is very effective in removal of spider veins. Will typically need 4-6 treatments.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
35 years experience in Cardiology
Chemical reaction: Sclerotherappy produces a chemical damage to the inner linning of the injected blood vessels. That will trigger an inflamatory response of the body an ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
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 ten ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Margaret Mann
18 years experience in Dermatology
Sometimes: In addition to their unsightly cosmetic appearance, varicose veins can be painful, though not all patients report pain. Some patients experience heav ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
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 flowi ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
35 years experience in Family Medicine
Pain and swelling: A clot in the leg is very dangerous and if you feel you may have one, get checked. Spider veins are not the same thing. A surface spider vein can hu ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Can be: If you have longstanding, untreated varicose veins and complications that we call chronic venous insufficiency, you can develop a venous leg ulcer fro ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Several ways: Spider veins are most commonly treated with sclerotherapy. If you have varicose veins, a combination of things is often used. With varicose veins, it ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Can be: Spider veins, or spider angiomata, on the chest can be a sign of liver trouble. Something that is often called spider veins that are seen around the ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Tucker
38 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Spiders can: The small spider veins are treatable with lasers. If you have larger varicose vein they may need to be treated with another modality such as radio fre ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Yes: Although you can get varicose and spider veins virtually anywhere in the body, the effects of gravity on veins in the legs makes it far more likely th ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Schneider
26 years experience in General Surgery
Different animals.: I love teaching my kids while hiking. At one point my youngest told me "it's just a bird". Despite my explanation otherwise they were all the same to ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Varicose veins: varicose veins rarely cause dvt. And only if you get superficial thrombophlebitis that then tracks up the superficial vein into the deep. Stagnation o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Zimmet
42 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
Yes: Most experts agree that sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins of the legs. Generally a few sessions are required to obtain ma ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
57 years experience in General Surgery
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, ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
53 years experience in Internal Medicine
Test: Wait a week and then test, then if negative test again in another week. Sounds like you may be pregnant.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Yes: Spider veins are most commonly treated with sclerotherapy. If you have varicose veins, a combination of things is often used. With varicose veins, i ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
28 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's techn ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Spider veins: The veins are usually enlarged and shine through fine skin. They tend to be present in overweight individualsVery rarely they can be a source of blood ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fox
Dr. David Fox answered
40 years experience in Vascular Surgery
More than one thing: Genetics, family history, hormones of pregnancy, aging
A member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes, : Yes, you are very young to have spider veins. Spider veins typically present in people between ages 18-35, peaking after the age of 50. Risk factors ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience in General Surgery
Not gravity: Incompetent valves in the venous system of the leg, especially the saphenous vein, lead to varicose veins. Of course, they would not occur except that ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Sayegh
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Cosmetic: caused by force official circulation and no health risks
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience in General Surgery
Proper support: Staying in shape, exercise frequently (while avoiding leg trauma), wear supportive stockings - especially when traveling long distance where prolonged ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Not symptoms: It sounds as though you might have varicose veins but the symptoms you can get from varicose veins would be things like leg pain, aching, heaviness, t ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Seaver
46 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Yes: Vaginal varices can itch but often are also associated with labial varices which also can cause irritation and itching. Do not forget, however, that ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
35 years experience in Cardiology
Continue: The spider veins are not due to biking. You must have a tendency to form them. Exercise is good for your heath. Keep biking and have your spiders trea ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Zimmet
42 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy uses small needles to make injections into the unwanted veins. A # of medications are commonly used, including sotradecol, asclera, dext ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Yes, different ones: When varicose and spider veins are treated, either removing them through surgery or else the body absorbing the treated veins over time, the result is ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Folklore: While there may be many benefits of homeopathic medications and various natural supplements most of their claims have not been truly evaluated in a sc ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosen
21 years experience in Phlebology
It depends...: Treatment choice depends on size and location of spider veins. Sclerotherapy is generally advised for veins big enough to enter with a needle. Surfac ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Nolan
34 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Treat spider veins: Two common treatments are to heat and close them instantaneously with a tiny laser blast or (a little more lasting---still they can come back at times ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cuff
23 years experience in Vascular Surgery
No but may prevent: Unfortunately, compression stockings will not cure spider veins. They may help prevent further enlargement of current veins or recurrence of veins. Th ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Healthy and natural: Unfortunately, if you are looking for a vitamin, supplement, cream, diet, or exercise to use for getting rid of spider veins, there are none. Dependi ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
No: Don't waste your money. There is no evidence that this medicine is at all effective in achieving the claims that it advertises.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
No help: Unfortunately, horse chestnut seed extract can't and won't improve the appearance of spider veins. If you have any symptoms due to your spider veins, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosen
21 years experience in Phlebology
In part, perhaps: 1st, congrats! spider veins occur due to many factors, genetics/hormones are significant culprits. In pregnancy, estrogen/progesterone levels are high ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Heredity: Heredity. Other factors can contribute to their development if you have inherited a tendency to get varicose veins in the first place. These include p ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Spitz
36 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Good general health: Since these are from hormones and heredity it is not known how to prevent these except to stay in good general health.
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