Spider and Varicose veins
Spider veins, also referred to as telangiectasia are small dilated blood vessels that appear near the skin’s surface. These blood vessels measure about 0.5 to 1 mm in diameter. Telangiectasia veins are mainly seen or found on the face, around the cheeks, nose and the chin.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are threads that are twisted and have become enlarged. Although varicose veins can occur anywhere, mostly they occur on the legs. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to venous eczema, swelling of the leg, ulceration and skin thickening. You can get rid of this veins through lifestyle changes or through treatment.
Causes of telangiectasia include age, hereditary factors, and pregnancy.
Signs and Symptoms of spider/varicose veins
- Veins that are blue or dark purple in color.
- Twisted and bulged like veins.
- Bleeding may occur if you are suffering from varicose veins.
- Severe pain that occurs when you stand or sit for a long period of time.
- Itchiness around one or several veins.
- Burning and swelling of lower legs.
- Changes in color and the vein hardens.
- Skin ulcers near the ankle area.
- Wearing support stockings is one way of treating spider veins disease. The stockings give a support system to the legs. You can obtain the support stockings from any surgical supply store.
- Weight loss, excellent skin hygiene regular exercise is also another way of treating the ailment.
- Sclerotherapy a process that uses a high concentration of salt solution is also used in the treatment spider vein. The salt solution is injected directly into the swollen vein; this causes the vein to disappear for 3- 6 weeks. This method is simple and cost friendly.
- Laser treatment. This is a process where a minor laser fiber is administered into the vein causing the vein to flop. This procedure is completed as an outpatient under confined anaesthesia.