On their own, spider veins are rarely dangerous. However, in some cases, they may be associated with other conditions that pose a more serious risk to your health. Below is some information to help you understand spider veins, learn about spider vein treatment options and determine whether your health is in danger.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are dilated veins located close to the surface of your skin. They usually appear in web-like formations, and they may be blue, red or purple in color. Spider veins can appear in any location on your body, but they are most common on the legs and face.
In healthy veins, blood flows in the proper direction without backing up or pooling. However, in spider veins, blood doesn’t flow like it should, causing the vein to become dilated.
Are spider veins dangerous?
Spider veins aren’t usually dangerous by themselves. In most cases, they don’t cause any symptoms. However, spider veins are sometimes associated with conditions that can be dangerous, such as varicose veins, skin ulcers and poor circulation.
Varicose veins are larger than spider veins. They also tend to cause other symptoms aside from their appearance, including cramping, burning, numbness, weakness and tingling. When varicose veins become severe, they can lead to the development of ulcers on your skin, which may become infected. In addition, spider veins and varicose veins are sometimes associated with poor circulation in general, which can lead to other complications.
When should I see a doctor?
If you have spider veins that embarrass you, or if you are concerned about the development of complications, you should seek treatment from a vein care specialist. A vein care specialist can evaluate your spider veins, look for signs of more serious conditions and offer you a variety of spider vein treatment options based on the specifics of your condition.
In addition to general treatment for spider veins, the Kimmel Institute also offers hand vein treatment and breast veins treatment. To make an appointment with a vein care specialist, please contact the Kimmel Institute today.