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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple veins near skin surface.


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Spider veins how to eliminate or reduce?

Spider veins how to eliminate or reduce?

Can be treated: I disagree that a total vascular examination must be performed. In selected cases where there is suspicion of underying veins (significant symptoms, presence varicose veins or swelling, certain patterns of spider veins), then an ultrasound should be done. Otherwise, many patients with spider veins can simply be treated, generally with sclerotherapy. See a vein specialist/phlebologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple veins near skin surface.


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How does sclerotherapy for spider veins work?

How does sclerotherapy for spider veins work?

Seals the vessels : The sclerosant irritates the tiny spider vessel where injected, causing it to clot and shut off flow. Spider vein clots do not break off and travel to cause pulmonary embolism or stroke (that occurs with the deep leg vessels that develop clots, not spider veins on the skin's surface). Most sclerosants are mild and nontoxic such as Hypertonic Saline or aethoxysclerol. Injector skill is critical! ...Read more

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Spider veins (Tip)

Varicose veins are treatable with an office based procedure. See a vein specialist. ...See more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Wear support stockings
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Get a venous ultrasound for reflux
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Are spider veins a symptom associated with a particular medical condition?

Are spider veins a symptom associated with a particular medical condition?

Varicose veins: The most common reason why spider veins develop in the legs is because of underlying venous reflux. This means that there are veins that aren't flowing properly under the surface of the skin that you can't see. When there is underlying reflux going into large veins at the surface, you see varicose veins. When small veins are affected, you see spider veins. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & i'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins. Walk 6 days a week

What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & i'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins.  Walk 6 days a week

See your doc: If you have concerns about a blood clot of your leg, you should see your physician. Blood clots of the legs can cause pain and swelling, and discoloration. The concern with leg blood clots is that they potentially pass to your lung which can be dangerous. Your doctor may order an ultrasound of your leg veins to rule out a blood clot as the cause of your pain. Your pain may be due to varicosities. ...Read more

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Spider veins (Tip)

Use support or compression hose. Be evaluated to determine if treatment makes sense. ...See more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic predisposition
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Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

Usually not: Spider veins are typically an inherited condition that only affects the skin. They are most commonly a cosmetic issue only & are usually not an indication of an underlying vascular condition or health problem. If you have very aggressive or severe spider veins or have pain & swelling in the legs in association with the veins, then it is possible that you might have venous reflux. Seek vein MD. ...Read more

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I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?

No: Any vein specialist can help you distinguish between the two. An ultrasound may be suggested as certain spider veins may reflect deeper disease. Check miamibeachvein.Com to learn more. Check phlebology.Org for a referral. ...Read more

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Spider veins (Tip)

Chronic problem , wear pressure stockings when standing for long time . They help alot. ...See more

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I noticed what look like spider veins on the back of my 9 year old son's leg. He has no health issues. Should I be concerned/have any tests done?

Spider veins: The veins are usually enlarged and shine through fine skin. They tend to be present in overweight individualsVery rarely they can be a source of blood clots.Aside from a cosmetic concern,I would just watch them. Laser treatment is sometime used . ...Read more

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Spider veins (Tip)

Evaluating your needs is as easy as getting an ultrasound under the direction of a qualified doc. ...See more

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Is it normal for a 16 yr old girl to have spider veins? I have noticable spider veins on my left side thigh. I'm starting to notice that some are starting to appear on my other leg. I don't know why i'm getting them at my age. I'm average weight and eat

Puberty: Heredity and the hormones of puberty 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. ...Read more

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

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

Venous valves: Veins in your body have small valves that facilitate blood returning back to the heart to be oxygenated. Sometimes these valves fail or become insufficient. This causes increased backflow pressure and varicose / spider veins to arise. These are almost always benign, occurs in 45-55 percent of females, can be treated by dermatologist / vascular surgeons that specialize in laser treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Got little spider veins after biking, does this mean i shouldn't bike anymore?

Got little spider veins after biking, does this mean i shouldn't bike anymore?

Continue: The spider veins are not due to biking. You must have a tendency to form them. Exercise is good for your heath. Keep biking and have your spiders treated. ...Read more

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How are varicose or spider veins treated?

How are varicose or spider veins treated?

2 ways: Laser or injection with a sclerosing agent(chemical which destroys the vein). Often, patients will require multiple treatments. We offer both treatments here at TLC aesthetics in tampa, florida. High concentration saline(saltwater) is no longer the standard of care for treatment of this condition given it being less safe and effective than current technology. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Angiomas (Definition)

Spider angiomas (Spider nevus, spider veins, nevus aranius, & vascular spider.) = dilated blood vessels close to the skin surface. It can take the shape ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more