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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

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 if you suffer from venous 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 legs, if possible
Daily
Ask your doctor if you have a genetic disposition to deep vein thrombosis
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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 to the heart to be oxygenated. Sometimes these valves fail or become insufficient. These 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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What is the best treatment for spider veins? Isit permanent?]

What is the best treatment for spider veins? Isit permanent?]

There is no cure: I completely agree with dr. Rosen. It is important to remember, though, treatment makes veins go away. However, there is no guarantee that you won't get more veins in the future. Varicose veins and spider veins occur primarily because of genetics and no one can change that. That means that you have a tendency toward developing bad veins and you will always have that tendency. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for spider veins?

What are some treatments for spider veins?

Sclerotherapy : Spider veins on the legs are best treated by sclerotherapy either liquid or foam. I prefer polidocanol as my treatment of choice. The limiting factor to treat spider veins is their size. If they are too small for the needle then a topical laser or micro needle radio frequency device may be used. On the face, I apply a similar approach or often a combination of both. ...Read more

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Will compression hose work to cure spider veins?

Will compression hose work to cure spider veins?

Nope....sorry : While compression hose may give one relief of venous insufficiency, including varicose veins and spider veins, they won't cure them. Spider veins can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy, laser, veinwave, etc. But you should realize thay it is very possible that you may develop more spider veins in the future and might need further treatment down the road. ...Read more

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What is a healthy and natural way to get rid of spider veins?

What is a healthy and natural way to get rid of spider veins?

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy, the process of injecting detergent solutions like sotradecol/polidocanol, and others such as glycerine into the sv using a small gauge needle is an effective way of eliminating them. Small sv can be treated with laser. ...Read more

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Is the drug veinity prescription for various vein and spider veins effective this medication is suppose to remove various veins in three months

Is the drug veinity prescription for various vein and spider veins effective this medication is suppose to remove various veins in three months

Unrealistic.: The cause of varicose veins and, frequently, a contributing factor to spider veins is a malfunction of the valves of the saphenous system of veins or other significant veins. Added to this are genetics, pregnancies, aging sun exposure and trauma. So it seems unrealistic to think that taking a pill will reverse all of this. If you have a vein problem, see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Horse chestnut seed extract in pill form for spider veins?

Horse chestnut seed extract in pill form for spider veins?

Spider Vein Therapy: Horse chestnut extract is indicated for symptoms of varicose veins such as pain / swelling & is usually used in conjunction with compression stockings. It can rarely help with spider vein discomfort, but will not help them go away. Sclerotherapy vein injections is the best treatment for spider veins since it causes them to resolved & usually spider veins are only a cosmetic issue for patients. ...Read more

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I have spider veins at 19. Is it becuz im preggers?

I have spider veins at 19. Is it becuz im preggers?

Pregnancy + genetics: Many people first notice spider veins during pregnancy. Usually there is also a family history of veins. Normally spider veins improve to some degree over the first few months after delivery. Veins generally get worse with subsequent pregnancies. Graduated compression stockings may help minimize worsening of the spider veins as well as symptoms (such as leg heaviness, aching, etc). ...Read more

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What factors increase my risk of varicose and spider veins?

What factors increase my risk of varicose and spider veins?

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 more

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What does one prevent spider veins or thread veins?

Unfortunately you...: Really can't prevent spider veins, as drs. Wright and spitz said. Heredity is the biggest factor in causing them and you can't change who you chose for your grandparents. :) hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills, estrogen replacement, etc.) play a role and, to some degree, so does the aging process. If they occur and you don't like them, they can be treated. ...Read more

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What do spider veins look like?

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. ...Read more

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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


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