What is the difference between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Written by admin on March 06, 2016
What is the difference between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
 
What is Spider Veins?
When you see small blood vessels near the surface, typically blue or red colored that are dilated appearing in a cluster or “spider-web” dah, that’s how they got their name.  Spider veins are not dangerous and they are not essential for circulation, however they can be extremely unattractive.
They typically show up on face and legs. Spider veins can be caused by “venous insufficiency” also due to skin trauma, sun exposure, heredity is a huge factor and women are more susceptible, hormones weaken the vessels during pregnancy.  Spider veins usually are a cosmetic concern for millions of adults worldwide. There is treatment that eliminates the appearance of spider veins to prevent uncomfortable symptoms that could accompany these broken capillaries.

What is Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins are bulging, twisting blue and purple lines that protrude above the skin’s surface of the legs, typically caused by an underlying condition known as “chronic venous insufficiency” or CVI. This condition occurs when the values inside the veins become weak or damaged by a pooling of blood inside the veins of the lower leg. These tiny values inside the veins keep blood flowing in a single direction to the heart, but damaged valves allow blood to reflux back inside the veins.
This process results in swelling and varicosity of the veins, which can develop into visible varicose veins. Often uncomfortable symptoms like achiness or heaviness, fatigue, leg cramping and mainly swelling of the legs and feet. Noticeable symptoms as these can indicate the condition is worsening and should be treated by a vein specialist to prevent further complications such as open sores known as “venous ulcers”, which can be very painful and often difficult to treat.

What is the Treatment Options?
The good news is treatment options are available for both spider and varicose veins.
Procedures for spider veins can be as simple as invasive injections and laser therapies to make them disappear.
Procedures for varicose veins are somewhat more complex by surgically removing the diseased damaged veins from the leg by tiny incisions.
Treatment for symptomatic varicose veins may be covered in part by insurance, while spider veins is considered a cosmetic treatment, usually is paid out of patients own pocket.
Whether your vein problem is cosmetic or a possible health threat, your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan best for you.
 
Helpful conservative “self-care” approach is mainstay of treatment:
·         Exercising…such as walking 30-minutes a day…helps promote blood flow from your legs back toward your heart promoting good vein health.
 
·         Elevation…helps reduce swelling. By raising your feet above your heart reduces leg and ankle swelling and the increase of blood flow toward the heart and decrease blood pooling. Throughout your day while sitting in a recliner with a pillow under your legs is helpful to get your feet above your heart.
 
·         Limit Dry Skin issues…by keeping skin moist especially at night time use a good moisturizer to prevent cracking and roughness of the skin. No “hot baths” vessels close to the skin dilates in heat, causing easy bruising and damage to your vessels causing spider veins to start appearing.
 
·         Lose Weight…by being overweight puts extra pressure on your leg veins. Maintaining a healthy diet and proper body weight helps tremendously in the way you feel and the health of your legs. Drinking plenty of water is good for weight loss and your body functions.
 
·         Avoid & Reduce Salt…Your “salt in-take” is so important. By avoiding salty, processed and canned foods, helps reduce extra fluid and will help with your vein health.
 
·         Compression Stockings…are prescribed by most vein specialist to treat most vein problems. Why do they help? Compression stockings compress your legs, opening up your veins for the blood to flow more freely back towards the heart and less likely for the blood to pool in your lower ankles. Wearing them maybe the most important way to manage further symptoms. When sitting or standing while wearing your compression stockings, do foot or leg exercises such as ankle pumps, ankle circles and toe touches to increase good blood flow. Varicose veins can be painful, for some relief prior to vascular surgery, you doctor may suggest wearing compression stockings to reduce any swelling in the lower extremities of your legs. So yes, wear compression stocking for varicose veins.

If this is your first time wearing compression legwear, we recommend The Natural brand which provides a soft, two way stretch, light weight compression stocking

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Vein problems can IMPROVE with proper treatment and self-care. We offer the best compression stockings to help treat and prevent varicose veins. SAVE your LEGS, by taking care of your veins NOW, you can help control your symptoms and keep your veins healthy.