What are spider veins?

Spider Veins are a common problem affecting men and women, especially as they age. Women at almost any age can suffer from this unsightly condition that develops in the legs, thighs, ankles and feet, but it normally affects child bearing, and aging women. It also affects a small percentage of men.

Various treatments exist to cure this condition, including simple procedures, or more advanced procedures, including surgery. The level of treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Accessing the level of treatment should be done through a qualified medical professional.

Poor circulation is normally the culprit behind spider veins. The function of veins is to carry blood to various parts of the body. When veins have an excess of blood in a particular area, this causes the vein to expand. As it makes room for this excess fluid small veins can appear at the skin’s surface. They can appear as a web at the surface, or may not be web like at all, but instead short lines. This can happen in any area of the body, but is much more common in thighs and leg areas.

Not only does aging cause this condition, but several other factors may be involved as well. Pregnant women can suffer from this condition due to the stress on legs and feet. Those with jobs requiring long periods of standing, or those who have experienced weight gain may also suffer from this condition. It largely affects aging women and men due to sedentary lifestyles.

All of these factors can result in loss of blood flow, and may cause weak veins to develop. As this happens, healthy blood flow slows, leading to unsightly veins at the skin surface. This condition may also involve valves within the veins. These valves act as a directional tool for the blood, signaling to the blood which way to flow. When the valve is operating incorrectly, this also creates problems within the vein and blood flow, causing excess fluid.

Veins also sometimes become weak simply from aging, with walls becoming weaker. There are also health problems that can sometimes lead to unsightly veins. These include different types of swelling or inflammation, any genetic condition or disease that may affect the strength of veins, or any type of blood clots that impedes blood flow.

Because of the many different factors, and even diseases that can be associated with this condition, it is essential to be tested by a doctor to determine the cause, if there are other health problems that need to be addressed, and the appropriate method of treatment. Health professionals will assess the symptoms and causes, suggesting the best treatment based upon assessment results. To schedule an appointment with doctors with advanced training and knowledge in vein care visit the Center for Venous Disease at www.veinscreening.com.