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22, have what looks like spider veins on ribs area. Only about half and in' to an in' long. Had strawberry birthmark there. Should I be worried?

22, have what looks like spider veins on ribs area. Only about half and in' to an in' long. Had strawberry birthmark there. Should I be worried?

Strawberry residual: Although most strawberry hemangioma's involute or resolve, there are often several enlarged superficial veins that persist, and I suspect that is true in your situation. No worries. ...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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I have a line of a couple inches across my left ribs of spider veins. They are faint and not very obvious. Just barely noticing them. Causes?

I have a line of a couple inches across my left ribs of spider veins. They are faint and not very obvious. Just barely noticing them. Causes?

Straining or trauma: Spider veins are dilated capillaries in the skin. They're most common in the legs and are from the veins stretching out over time. On the chest they can be from straining (coughing, heavy lifting, e.g.) or some trauma to that area in the past. If they're very faint, they're probably of no medical concern. They can be treated with sclerotherapy or laser to improve the appearance. ...Read more

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Hello, I noticed today I have a line of spider veins (I assume to call them) on my left rib cage under my breast. Can you tell me causes?

Hello, I noticed today I have a line of spider veins (I assume to call them) on my left rib cage under my breast. Can you tell me causes?

Spider veins: Visible "spider" veins represent veins which have lost their valvular competence, and are dilated (widened) which makes the blood contained in them static and visible. The location described is unusual and not related to a cause for alarm, but is coincidental to straining or a former blow to the area resulting in obstructing the flow of the veins seen. ...Read more

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Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic?

Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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Legs, arms, & chest, even (face sometimes) turn blue when feeling cold or jst standing up for a little. Ever since got lots of spider veins. Help? Thnx.

Legs, arms, & chest, even (face sometimes) turn blue when feeling cold or jst standing up for a little. Ever since got lots of spider veins. Help? Thnx.

Circulation/Raynauds: Turning blue when exposed to cold is an extreme reaction to what the body normally does in response to the cold. When cold, the blood vessels in the extremities and superficial skin constrict to conserve heat. This occurs more drastically for some, and may even turn the skin blue or cause pain in some people. This can be associated with other disorders and it is important to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old girl with an ASD, I have heart palpitations, occasional sharp chest pains, and "spider veins" on both of my calves, advice?

I'm a 17 year old girl with an ASD, I have heart palpitations, occasional sharp chest pains, and "spider veins" on both of my calves, advice?

ASD: Talk with the doctor who knows the details of your ASD. A tiny ASD shouldn't be problematic. If there's a question about its' significance more work up could be necessary. ...Read more

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Are spider vein a symptom of fatty liver. Alt 64. Ast 50. I have noticed a few small spider like veins on my chest area.

Are spider vein a symptom of fatty liver. Alt 64. Ast 50. I have noticed a few small spider like veins on my chest area.

No: Spider angiomata are one of the commonly recognized stigmata of cirrhosis of the liver. They are red skin lesions composed of a central arteriole surrounded by many smaller vessels. There cause might be an alteration in sex hormone metabolism. Though "spiders" are linked with cirrhosis they are not specific for it, and can be seen in other conditions including pregnancy and healthy people. ...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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Can lupus cause spider veins?

Can lupus cause spider veins?

See below: Spider veins can be caused by other conditions, but telangiectasias can be seen with lupus. ...Read more

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How to get rid of spider veins?

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy (injection of a medicine in the vein) is your best option. It works pretty well. Laser is good also. Treatments are simple and although it takes awhile to heal, the results are pretty good. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of spider veins?

How can I get rid of spider veins?

Several options.: There are several options to treat spider veins. The gold standard is sclerotherapy where a solution in injected into the veins to dissolve them. Other options are topical laser, ipl (infrared pulsed light), and fine needle radio frequency such as ellman, veinwave and veingogh. All spider vein treatments usually require several cycles and are well tolerated. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of spider veins?

How can you get rid of spider veins?

Several options.: There are several options to treat spider veins. The gold standard is sclerotherapy where a solution in injected into the veins to dissolve them. Other options are topical laser, ipl (infrared pulsed light), and fine needle radio frequency such as ellman, veinwave and veingogh. All spider vein treatments usually require several cycles and are well tolerated. ...Read more

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I am underweight and have spider veins?

I am underweight and have spider veins?

Hereditary factors.: Spider veins are very common. Most likely there is a hereditary component. Hormonal changes may also play a role. For now the best treatment would be staying physically fit and physically active. If the look of the veins bother you, then sclerotherapy could be considered. Most likely you will develop more vein with time. Spider veins will not cause you harm but they can be treated. ...Read more

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Is there a home remedy for spider veins?

Is there a home remedy for spider veins?

No: Unfortunately, there are no home remedies that are effective. The gold standard for treating spider veins of the legs is sclerotherapy. This involves the injection of a medication into the veins in order to cause the vein to shrink and disintegrate. Laser treatment is typically done for facial spider veins. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of spider veins myself?

How can I get rid of spider veins myself?

No good way: See a phlebologist to discuss options for treatment. ...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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How can spider veins be prevented when young?

How can spider veins be prevented when young?

No preventable way: Thr risk factors for development of vein problems include heredity, pregnancy, obesity, lifestyle (standing long periods), age. One can have spider veins without having underlying venous incompetence. There is no good preventable method to avoid spider veins. ...Read more

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In what way can you get rid of spider veins?

In what way can you get rid of spider veins?

Sclero or laser.: Spider veins get their name because they look like spider legs. The short answer is that topical laser or sclerotherapy usually works well but sclerotherapy is usually the treatment of choice. The longer answer is that if you have many spider veins and/or combinations of spiders, reticulars and varicose veins then you should first have a venous reflux exam. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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How can spider veins be prevented in a person?

How can spider veins be prevented in a person?

You really can't: The main reason why spider veins occur is because of heredity. Unless you can change who you have as grandparents, there is little you can do preventatively. The things mentioned by drs. Isobe and wright can help to reduce any symptoms you might have from your spider veins but without changing your genetics, you won't stop them from appearing in the first place. ...Read more

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What are my treatment options for spider veins?

What are my treatment options for spider veins?

Several options.: There are several options to treat spider veins. The gold standard is sclerotherapy where a solution in injected into the veins to dissolve them. Other options are topical laser, ipl (infrared pulsed light), and fine needle radio frequency such as ellman, veinwave and veingogh. All spider vein treatments usually require several cycles and are well tolerated. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of spider veins?

Sclerotherapy...: ...Works well for spider veins on the legs. Laser is more commonly used for spider veins on the face. ...Read more

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What can I do for small spider veins on my face?

What can I do for small spider veins on my face?

Laser or IPL: External laser of intense pulse light treatment may be effective. ...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 are some treatments for facial spider veins?

What are some treatments for facial spider veins?

Multiple options.: Facial spider veins are very common and there are many alternatives to treatment. What is used usually depends on the experience and training of the treating physician. Options include sclerotherapy, infrared pulsed light, laser, veinwave, veingogh and microneedle radio frequency. ...Read more

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What can be done about spider veins on her wrist?

What can be done about spider veins on her wrist?

Sclerotherapy: One should have a complete evaluation by a vascular surgeon or phlebologist. Sclerotherapy (an injection of sclerosent) into the spider veins should make them disappear. ...Read more

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

No Natural Remedy: Unfortunately, there is no natural way to get rid of spider veins. Options to get rid of spider veins include sclerotherapy and laser treatments. There are some nutritional supplements that can help with symptoms of veins but they don't get rid spider veins. The creams and pills that claim they get rid of spider veins or varicose veins are a waste of money or worse. I recommend a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Is sclerotherapy effective for small spider veins?

Is sclerotherapy effective for small spider veins?

Yes Very Effective: Sclerotherapy is the most effective and versatile treatment / procedure to eliminate spider veins. Advances with the medication sclerosant and lights such vein light have made the treatment even better. Multiple spider veins associated with symptoms should have an ultrasound evaluation so it is recommended to seek treatment with a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Spider Veins (Definition)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

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