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Dr. Ted King
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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins is a clinical finding in which there are clusters of dilated blood vessels close to the skin surface.


Dr. Steven Zimmet
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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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Spider Veins (Overview)

Spider veins is a clinical finding in which there are clusters of dilated blood vessels close to the skin surface.


Dr. Richard Tholen
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Treating Varicose Veins (Tip)

Treating Varicose Veins

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

Dr. Ted King
Board Certified, Phlebology
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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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Dr. Mark Nielsen
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Treating Varicose Veins (Tip)

Treating Varicose Veins

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

Dr. Joel Gotvald
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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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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Dr. Albert Malvehy
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Treating Varicose Veins (Tip)

Treating Varicose Veins

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

Dr. William Schmidt
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Spider Angiomas (Definition)

Spider angiomas are a blood vessel condition where there is a red spot with "spider-like" protrusions extending around it, just below the skin. They may be asymptomatic or found at birth, but may ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

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