The Differences Between Spider Veins And Varicose Veins

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June 1, 2015

Upload: March 24, 2015Although many people look forward to the spring and summer months, there a lot of men and women who dread the warmer weather. They dread it because they suffer from vein disorders. Two of the most common vein disorders are spider veins and varicose veins. Although similar, spider and varicose veins have many differences.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

Veins: While both spider and varicose veins are the result of enlarged veins, spider veins are much smaller and are closer to the skin's surface.
Color: Varicose veins tend to be blue, red, or flesh colored. Spider veins are only red or blue.
Shape: Spider veins appear as short and jagged lines. They are not above the skin and cannot be felt. Varicose veins twist and turn and bulge out from the skin. They are always swollen and above the skin's surface.
Location: Varicose veins typically occur on the thighs, calves, and inner legs. Spider veins form on the legs and face.
Causes: Varicose veins are often the result of bad vein valves. The blood in the veins leaks and collects, causing the swelling that the condition is known for. This is referred to as venous insufficiency. Spider veins are caused from blood backing up and are typically occur from hormone changes.
Complications: Although spider veins are a cosmetic concern for some patients, they are harmless. Varicose veins, on the other hand, can cause significant health complications. They can lead to sores and ulcers, bleeding, and blood clots.

Are You Suffering From Spider or Varicose Veins? Contact the Reeder Vein Institute Today

If you're experiencing complications with varicose or spider veins, such as swelling, redness, heat, rashes, or interference with your daily activities, contact the Reeder Vein Institute. We have offices in both Dallas and Fort Worth and can be reached at 972-566-3040. Call today to schedule your appointment.

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