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what do spider veins look like?

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Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 30 years experience
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 superficial laser for the tiny red veins on the face and the red ones remaining after sclerotherapy. The new medicines like Asclera and sts don't hurt with the injection sclerotherapy . Need compression stockings after leg sclerotherapy.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 9 years experience
Red, Purple or Blue : Spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women. They are hereditary, frequently occur in the legs and appear as dark or lighter shades of blue, purple or red. Here is a before and after ...
Dr. Ted King
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Thread-like veins: As dr. Schwartz said, "spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin." in fact in some countries, they are called thread veins. They are often only 0.1-0.2 mm in diameter and, depending on where they sit on or in the skin, they might be bright red, maroon, purple, or blue.

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

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