What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are very common, however, these unappealing, and sometimes unsightly veins that are easily visible through your skin, show up as small purple, red, and blue vessels that twist and turn. Due to their physical appearance, they can cause you a great deal of distress. They can also make walking long distances more difficult, or they may ache, throb, or even burn.

Often found behind your knee, these superficial dilated blood vessels can also be found anywhere on the body, and liken to varicose veins but are smaller, and closer to the surface of your skin. In medical speak, spider veins are known as telangiectasia.

According to information from Everyday Health, a study showed that out of a group of 1,566 people, 84 percent had these veins on their right legs.   

What causes spider veins?

Around 50 to 55 percent of women, and 40 to 45 percent of U.S. men suffer from a vein problem of some sort, according to the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Caused by increased pressure within your veins, spider veins are hereditary, and become more commonly found as you age.

If you work in a job that requires you to stand for protracted periods of time, the pressure in your leg veins is more likely to cause you to suffer from spider veins.

Other factors that increase your risk of being predisposed to spider veins include:

  • Obesity

  • Using birth control pills

  • Hormonal fluctuations of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause

  • History of blood clots

  • Post-menopausal hormone replacement

  • Conditions that cause pressure within the abdomen, for example, constipation, tumors, and wearing girdles

  • Lack of movement

  • Sun exposure

Lowering your risk of spider veins

Although you might not be able to completely prevent spider veins appearing on your body, you can lower your risk by following these steps:

  • Keep your blood flowing by regularly exercising.

  • Wear support hosiery if you spend a lot of time on your feet.

  • Relieve pressure on your legs by keeping your weight at a healthy level and by averting standing or sitting for long periods.

  • Put your feet up when you’re resting.

  • Wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors.

Spider veins are a result of various factors, through keeping the above tips in mind, you have a much better chance of avoiding getting them.

If you have spider veins and would like to get them treated, contact us here at the Columbus Vein Center at (614) 515-2440. As a leading vein clinic in Columbus, we specialize in a variety of vein treatments and procedures, including sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy, VNUS ClosureFast, and duplex ultrasound.