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Causes Of Spider Veins
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Spider & varicose: Varicose veins are bulging blue veins larger than 3 mm in diameter, almost always found on the legs. Spider veins are red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin, up to 1 mm in diameter. They commonly occur on the legs and face, and may be seen elsewhere. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Leaking valves: Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins. Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Gravity IS involved!: You are right! gravity alone will not cause varicose veins unless you also have vein insufficiency or improperly functioning valves of your veins which then allow blood to pool in your veins and increase pressure in your leg veins. This increased pressure causes the veins to get thicker and bulge. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Signs: The signs of venous incompetence: small blue or red snakelike veins close to the skin surface; ropy, slightly blue bulging varicose veins; prominent tortuous bluish veins beneath the skin called reticular veins; brownish skin discoloration about the ankle area; ulceration especially about the inside of the ankle. The symptoms have been nicely outlined by dr. King. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bad valves: Varicose veins are caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, (varicose), leak fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers. It is treated by laser ablation. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Veins vs. clots: Blue worms that are not painful are most likely to be varicose veins. Pain and swelling, with or without varicose veins, is more liekly to be a blood clot. Regardless, if you have varicose veins that are painful, you should definitely get it checked out by a vein specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Newton's thick skin: An apple hit newton on the head. If newton had sat under apple trees too often, he would need thick skin! and he had better have strong veins too! lucky people inherit genes for strong veins, but 15% of people don't. Gravity pressurizes vein walls and the weaker veins can't take the stress- they give out and dilate! one can't change genetics, but fight back with lifestyle and compression socks! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many factors.: Varicose veins are usually due to leaking(refluxing) vein valves. Spider veins could be due to this as well but hereditary plays a key role. Factors that would increase your risk of developing either type of vein would be pregnancies in females and the greater the number, the greater the risk, hereditary, increasing age, hormones, standing or sitting in place and sometimes localized trauma. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No good way: Venous incompetence which leads to vv is a result of heredity, pregnancy, lifestyle (prolonged standing/sitting), age, obesity, and there are conservative measures which may help in decreasing the symptoms (leg pain, swelling, fatigue, heaviness, cramping, restless legs): compression hose, exercise, elevation of legs. Trained phlebologist can help advise you. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Multiple.: There are many causes for DVT but all causes revolve around 3 factors: stasis of blood, injury to the vessel wall or increased propensity to clot(hypercoagulabe state). Stasis occurs with long trips or immobility due to illness or casts. Injuries to the vein wall can occur with trauma from something within the vein or external to it .Hypercoagulable- increased risk of clotting -genetic/acquired. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What would cause several varicose veins to suddenly appear on legs? Also have sudden onset of patches of spider veins around ankles
Unhealthy valves: Varicose veins can appear at any time in life.They are caused by unhealthy valves in the veinsThrse valves can leak and blood falls back due to incompetency and gravity makes blood gathered in the veins and they get to be seen bulging and engorged.Spider veins are varicosity in smaller superficial veins.These can run in families,so there is genetic predisposition here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: They aren't due to poor arterial circulation, which would be more concerning. Though causes are numerous, an important one to be aware of is superficial venous insufficiency: increased pressure in leg veins due to faulty vein valves. If such veins are symptomatic or aggregate in certain areas such as the ankle , they may point to an underlying easily treatable condition that may otherwise worsen. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Extent of disease: As dr. Isobe said, the main difference is size. The similarity though is that they are both a manifestation of the same disease process--venous insufficiency and venous hypertension affecting a different end organ. With varicose veins, the end organ is larger veins (>3 mm). For spider veins, the end organ is much smaller veins (< 1 mm). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vein signs: Signs range from visible spider veins to larger flat blue veins to bulging varicose veins to swelling to reddish and/or brownish skin discoloration to waxy shile skin scars to ulceration. Bleeding can occur and when there is severe inflammation in the vein, you can have redness, swelling, warmth, and pain and tenerness over the affected vein. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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