Spider and varicose veins are swollen, raised blood vessels that turn and twist throughout the areas of the body. There is a difference that exists between the two: spider veins are smaller and purple in color, while varicose veins are larger, more noticeable and are red and blue in color. Both occur in the legs.
What Causes Spider & Varicose Veins?
Though there are slight differences between spider and varicose veins, the causes are typically the same. Most medical professionals cite heredity, obesity, standing for long periods of time and hormonal imbalances – during pregnancy, puberty and menopause – as the main culprits. Spider and varicose veins can be caused by ultraviolet light, birth control pills and tight form-fitting clothing as well.
Effective Treatments: Spider & Varicose Veins
There are several effective treatment options for spider and varicose veins. Some are just simple clothing and lifestyle changes that increase blood flow to the areas in question. Others include more active medical components and services, including Sclerotherapy, an irritating solvent that shuts dow the spider veins, which Dr. Lori Gerber offers at Refresh.
Sclerotherapy allows the blocked blood vessels to be incorporated or expelled from the body using a patient's natural immune and circulatory systems.