Risk Factors for Spider Veins

Research has shown that there are several factors that can make you more susceptible to spider veins. There are some that you can manage, while others are completely out of your control. Genetics plays a role in developing these veins. If someone in your family suffers from squiggly blue and red veins, then you are more likely to develop them as well. Excess weight, previous injuries to the area, and external stress also contribute to reticular vein formation. Although these abnormal little veins can develop almost anywhere on the body (face, shoulders, back, etc.) they are most commonly found on the legs. It is not uncommon for spider veins to develop alongside varicose veins.

The causes of spider and varicose veins are very similar. They result from a lack of blood flow. Spider veins, while not as serious as varicose veins, can be a symptom of a more pressing medical condition. These veins often have no other symptoms. When a vein becomes weak or damaged, it can no longer push the blood back to the heart. This is when broken veins are formed. These conditions are particularly common in the legs since the blood valves have to work against the force of gravity. The backflow or pooling of the blood causes venous reflux in the veins just below the surface of the skin. These smaller veins take on more blood than they were designed to handle and dilate to over twice their original diameter. This swelling makes them more visible through the skin.

What Happens If You Ignore Venous Diseases 


Ulcers are common when you have poor blood circulation and spider and varicose veins makes it hard for your blood to flow properly.

Which means there are chances that your venous problems can cause ulcers.

But ulcers are more common in patients with varicose veins, spider veins aren’t as serious as varicose veins therefore make sure to never ignore them or delay the treatment.

Furthermore, since venous diseases are causing you poor blood circulation your ulcers aren’t going to heal soon.

Because ulcers won’t get enough supply of blood to heal. Healing will take so long, sometimes it may take months.

Your Veins May Burst

Bursting veins is the scariest nothing that can happen when you are suffering from problems like varicose veins.

This happens especially when there is blood pooling inside your veins.

Even a small injury on your veins can burst them and cause a lot of bleeding, which can cause blood loss.

Bleeding can be internal and external. When internal bleeding happens you will not be able to see blood but you will feel intense pain.

When such condition appears try your best to stop losing blood and get medical treatment as soon WS possible.


When pressure rises within the veins, fluid from the blood can escape into the surrounding tissues, causing swelling. The redness and elevation of the affected area make it easy to spot. If the swelling is severe, you may have pain and your shoes may no longer fit properly.

Other symptoms include skin darkening and thickness; however, compression stockings can help reduce swelling.

Is Vein Treatment Permanent? 

Maybe. Some varicose vein treatments seal off or permanently remove the vein. However, new spider or varicose veins might appear over time. Some risk factors for varicose veins and spider veins, such your age and family history, are beyond your control. You could require another surgery or medical procedure to remove or seal off any additional varicose or spider veins that develop.

Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is the name of a treatment that uses an injectable solution on undesirable veins causing them to close off from the surrounding vessels. Sclerotherapy works best with smaller veins that are close to the surface however, it can be employed to treat deeper veins with the assistance of ultrasound guidance. 

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