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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the main causes of spider veins?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 31 years experience
Heredity: We inherit the gene for weak vein walls, thus spider or varicose vein or weak vein valves, sometimes later in life after environmental or work issues affect us - like prolonged sitting, standing, heavy weight lifting, pregnancies, hot tubs, trauma to legs, hormones. Wearing medical support stockings, esp for work or airline travel and weight lifting and pregnancies can slow the progress.
Dr. Phillip Hertzman
Phlebology 51 years experience
UV or inherited: Some people hjave a tendency to develop spider veins. In addition, sun exposure may injure collagen and lead to spider veins. Occasionally spider vein may develop after trauma.
Dr. Ted King
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Heredity & hormones: Heredity and the hormones are the most likely causes. If you are taking a birth control pill, that can play a role as well. It probably doesn't have much to do with standing, inactivity, what shoes you wear, and your weight. Crossing your legs when you sit down doesn't play a role at all.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What could cause spider veins all over my body?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
May be telangiectasi: It may be something else such as telangiectasias or small blood changes. Have then checked by a doctor becuase the can be associated with certain rheumatology conditions.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

What causes spider veins? Are they indicative of any health problem?

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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Many causes: certainly common in liver disease and obesity; however, old trauma, vasomotor instability, weight flucuations are just a few reasons.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can lupus cause spider veins ?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
See below: Spider veins can be caused by other conditions, but telangiectasias can be seen with lupus.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes varicose and spider veins?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ted King
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
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.

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Last updated Oct 28, 2013


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