A 44-year-old member asked:
is there any way to get rid of spider / thread veins on the legs?
4 doctor answers
Dr. James Isobe answered
53 years experience Phlebology
Sclerotherpy: Sclerotherapy which involves injecting a dilute solution of different agents known as detergents is a good way to treat them. This often requires repeat sittings every several months, and after that maintenance treatment is often advised in 1-2 years.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience Phlebology
Yes: As dr. Isobe said, sclerotherapy is really the treatment of choice when it comes to spider/thread veins in the legs. There are a number of chemicals that can be used, including surfactants (also called detergents), osmotic agents (saline), and chemical irritants (glycerin). Lasers are used too, but are less effective on leg veins. No treatment is permanent, so periodic follow up is needed.
Answered on Aug 6, 2012
Dr. Kevin Nolan answered
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
Spider veins: After first testing to determine what the source of those spider veins might be there are a number of commonly used techniques to treat those veins.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
Dr. John Landi answered
46 years experience Phlebology
Vein evaluation.: If you have a few spider veins then sclerotherapy would be the treatment of choice. If you have many spider veins then you should consider having a venous evaluation with a venous reflux ultrasound to see if you have underlying reflux (leaking vein valves) which may be the cause of the spiders. A vein specialist would be able to evaluate you.
Answered on Mar 4, 2015
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