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Spider Veins (Definition)

Spider veins is a clinical finding in which there are clusters of dilated blood vessels close to the 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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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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Peripheral vascular disease (Tip)

Peripheral vascular disease

Must make sure there is no evidence of deep vein thrombosis. ...See more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Exercise
30 Min, Daily, forever
Wear support stockings
Daily
Keep weight down
Once
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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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Peripheral vascular disease (Tip)

Peripheral vascular disease

On a longer flight, get up and walk at least once an hour to help prevent deep vein thrombosis, dvt. ...See more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

Use elastic compression stockings
Daily
Elevate legs above heart level to decrease swelling if appropriate
Daily
If they bleed or hurt let your doctor know
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Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

Are spider veins signs of a health problem?

It depends: Spider veins have several causes...Almost always there is no underlying disease but there are several diseases that can cause spider veins from liver disease to hematologic diseases to blockages of venous return to the heart. ...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?

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 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)

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

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