Spider vein - Gattonimed.com
GATTONI Medical Aesthetics and Wellness is a Medical spa in Denver, Colorado offering Spider vein treatment.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are very small blood vessels which form near the surface of the skin. They tend to be red, purple or blue in color and can be seen through the skin. Unlike varicose veins, which are larger and more visible, spider veins usually appear in clusters, resembling a spider web.
Causes Of Spider Veins
There is no one single cause of spider veins but they can be associated with certain lifestyle factors. These include standing or sitting for long periods, pregnancy and hormonal changes, obesity, trauma and genetics. Other potential causes may include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, some medications and sun exposure.
Symptoms Of Spider Veins
Spider veins often cause no symptoms, although sometimes sufferers may experience aching or burning sensations in the affected areas. In rare cases, swelling, pain and fatigue may also occur.
Diagnosing Spider Veins
If you think you may have spider veins, it is advised to speak to your doctor who will examine the affected area. They may recommend further tests such as an ultrasound scan to get a better understanding of the underlying cause of the problem.
Treatment Of Spider Veins
The primary treatment option for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This involves injecting a special solution directly into the vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. This prevents any future blood flow through the treated vein, forcing the body to reroute the blood through healthier veins.
Other treatments which may be recommended include laser therapy, compression stockings and exercise. Your doctor will discuss the best option for you depending on your individual needs.
Preventing Spider Veins
Although there is no guaranteed way to completely prevent spider veins, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk:
Living With Spider Veins
Although spider veins are generally harmless, they can cause distress due to their appearance. If you feel self-conscious about them, there are ways you can conceal them. You can buy makeup specifically designed for covering up veins, and garments such as compression stockings are available that can help disguise the condition.
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