Spider veins are an extremely common type of leg vein problem. They are small, superficial blood vessels that can develop at any age. Spider veins can cause some local burning, itching or aching. Unlike varicose veins, they do not typically cause severe symptoms but can cause embarrassment for patients due to their unsightly appearance.
Spider veins are common problems that usually affect people aging from 30 to 70. Smaller than varicose veins, they occur close to the surface and typically have a red and /or blue color. Spider veins look like the lines of a spider’s web and are thin, short, jagged lines appearing in the skin. Essentially, they are visible broken blood vessels. Typically, they occur on the ankles, thighs, or feet, but they can also occur on the face. Symptoms include legs that feel fatigued or heavy, burning, tingling, or throbbing in the legs, itching, and rashes around the problematic veins. There can also be swelling around the ankles and even a general soreness or cramping in the legs.
Managing leg vein problems at home
There are several common sense approaches to managing leg vein problems at home that can ease some of their symptoms, including:
- Weight loss or maintaining a healthy body weight.
- Wearing compression stockings that fit properly and are the correct strength
Laser treatments are available to help reduce or eliminate many forms of spider veins. Ask your dermatologist if you are a candidate.