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What Could Cause Spider Veins All Over My Body
Genetics, pregnancy.: Spider veins, or more formally known as telangiectasias, are a common part of the aging process, and can appear in multiple areas of the body, but are typically seen in the legs, face, neck and chest. The most common causes include family history or genetics, pregnancy, trauma, hormonal influences, and occupations or activities where one sits ar stands for prolonged periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If theres no weight change what causes an increase in visible blue veins in the body and spider veins on breasts?
Hormonal changes: If you have new, prominent veins in the breast, you may be undergoing hormonal changes. These can be simple cyclical changes like your menstrual cycle or can be an indicator or larger changes like pregnancy. They are not signs of cancer or anything serious or abnormal. If they bother you, a phlebologist or vein specialist can treat them cosmetically. Phlebology.Org for referrals. ...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
Unproven: There are many reasons for spider vein formation including genetics, pregnancies, aging, trauma and sun exposure. Some have suggested that wearing high heel shoes and crossing the legs will increase the chances of spider vein formation due to the increased pressure on the legs from the shoes or crossing. Although it sounds plausible, there is no real proof that leg crossing worsens veins. ...Read more
Genetics and more: The biggest factor in the development of spider veins is heredity which you can't help. Hormones and pregnancy also play a role. Obesity and trauma also play a role with spider veins which you can certainly help prevent by maintaining your weight and avoiding activities which lead to trauma. ...Read more
Venous valves: Veins in your body have small valves that facilitate blood returning back to the heart to be oxygenated. Sometimes these valves fail or become insufficient. This 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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Are spider veins dangerous and what causes them? I have so many on my thighs and ankles... Help please
Valves: These see very common and are usually associated with the development of problems with the valves in the veins themselves. When these valves fail to function properly, blood can pool in the leg and cause a dilatation of the superficial veins. I would not hesitate to be seen for it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How does sun exposure lead to spider veins? I heard that spider veins can be caused by sun exposure. How does this work?
Getting a pricking pain in the left side only, starting from the hips till the ankles.Could also see some spider veins.What could be the cause?
Doubt SV: Type of pain more in keeping with radiculopathy (radiation from upper leg to lower.). Spider veins can hurt in localized area and will not radiate to other areas. Hip pathology can result in pain going down the leg. See orthopedist for definitive answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have multiple (unchanging) lipomas, and have recently noticed a handful of tiny spider veins, each on or near a lipoma. Aging or cause for concern?
Do spider veins caused by hormonal imbalances ever go away? I'm going through puberty (16yrs) and my cycle is still very irregular.
Spider veins: 16F of unknown ethnicity from Down Under asks if spider veins every go away? ANS: Yes but depends on what is causing them. I would talk to your family members, look at the same area yours are and ask them as the best predictor of if they go away. Ask your Dr. down there as they know about local issues that may differ from up here. Such as sun exposure and ethnicity. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I was born with spider veins on my face&body and even my kid (1yr) has it. Is this normal? What are the natural ways to make it look less noticeable?
Many factors: The most common cause of spider and varicose veins are hereditary factors followed by pregnancies.The more pregnancies the greater the chance of vein formation due to stretcthing of the vein valves causing reflux(leaking). In general when veins occur at an early age there is a strong genetic component. It seems that both you and your child have a strong genetic component. See a vein speciailst. ...Read more
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