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A 42-year-old member asked:

can you tell me what causes those ugly spider veins?

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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Genetics and more: The biggest factor in the development of spider veins is heredity which you can't help. Hormones and pregnancy also play a role. Obesity and trauma also play a role with spider veins which you can certainly help prevent by maintaining your weight and avoiding activities which lead to trauma.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Will visible veins disappear after I have the baby?

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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Probably some: These should get better but may not completely disappear. The best way to manage these is to prevent them by wearing support hose during the pregnancy. Tell your friends!
Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology 27 years experience
I agree and wish that more Ob/gyn and family physicians that deliver babies would start patients on graduated compression stocking during pregnancy if they are developing visible or symptomativ veins.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

The redness is gone, but i've got more spider veins -- what's going on?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Matting: When spider veins are treated you may develop smaller vessels at the area that were not noticeable before these can be treated with laser, but it may be difficult to eliminate them completely.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do doctors treat a broken blood vessel?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Usually nothing: This depends on the cause of the "broken blood vessel". Loss of supporting tissue associated with "maturity", medications like Aspirin or non-steroidals, varicosities or local trauma are common causes. The "problem" is usually more cosmetic rather than clinical unless there's blood where it shouldn't be; the body usually takes care of this gradual absorption of the blood like a healing bruise.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What does adrenaline do to vessels?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Adrenaline: Adrenaline causes contraction of the smooth muscles in the arterioles (small vessels).
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the names of some vaasodilators that acting dircetly on blood vessels?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Many: Cialis, viagra, levitra, (vardenafil) beta blockers (metoprolol), calcium channel blockers (verapamil, amlodipine), bystolic.

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