About Spider Veins
Spider veins are small, enlarged blood vessels that appear red or blue. These dilated vessels may be short, unconnected lines, each about the size of a large hair. Or, they may be connected in a matted "sunburst" pattern. They may also look like a spider web or a tree with branches.
Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are usually found on the face and legs. In general they pose no health hazard, but may cause a dull aching or burning in the legs after prolonged standing.
How Spider Veins Occur
The cause of spider veins is not completely known. In many cases, there appears to be a genetic disposition.
Also, reports have shown that pregnancy, hormonal changes, weight gain, leg injury or prolonged standing may influence their occurrence.
Treatment for Spider Veins
It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder.
While some will seek treatment for cosmetic improvement, many are looking for relief from pain. Whichever category you may be in, help is available.