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A 18-year-old female asked:

I'm a female teenager and keeping getting thin purple spider veins on body, such as legs, back of my neck, arms how can i stop them?whats causing them?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
You need to see a : Doctor toake sure your adrenal glands are working properly, based on the info you have given us.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Genes: There is probably not alot you can do to prevent these. They probably are due to a genetic predisposition. You may want to seek a medical consultation from a dermatologist to exclude any possible medical conditions (improbable). Laser or ultasound guided sclerotherapy may provide eradication of some of these lesions but they are likely to recur and require repeat treatments.
Dr. Ted King
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Genes & hormones: Besides genetics, hormones can also play a role in your getting these spider veins. As long as you don't have a treatable cause that is making these occur (and i agree with dr. Placik that it is not likely), there is little to do to prevent them. Treatment with sclerotherapy or, if they are very small, with laser is quite effective.

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