Spider veins often develop in a person’s legs. They are visible through the skin, especially if a person has pale skin and can be painful. While they are not life-threatening, many people are interested in learning about the causes of spider veins and how to treat them.
There are a lot of factors that can lead to a person developing spider veins in their legs. First and foremost is genetics. If your parents or your grandparents had spider veins, it is likely that they passed a predisposition for spider veins on to you.
Second, a person’s occupation can make them predisposed to getting spider veins. For example, people who have jobs where they need to stand for extended periods of time, such as nurses, people who work in factories, professors, and hairstylists, are more likely to get spider veins than individuals who have jobs where they sit for an extended period of time or where they are free to make a wide range of movements.
Another factor is obesity. Usually, obesity combines with another factor, such as heredity or a person’s job, to increase one’s chances of having spider veins.
Some people will develop spider veins as their bodies experience hormonal changes. For example, pregnant women may notice the appearance of spider veins, as may women who are going through menopause.
Some medical conditions, such as blood clots, have been connected to spider veins. Other conditions, such as tumors and constipation, have also been linked.
Even the clothing that people wear, especially tight clothing around the abdomen, can lead to spider veins and paid. They are very common in individuals who wear girdles for an extended period of time causing significant pain.
In some instances, spider veins appear after a person has experienced a trauma or after they have survived a serious injury. Damage to the skin and excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can also lead to this problem.
While men are susceptible to developing spider veins, they are more commonly seen in women. Older individuals have a higher chance of getting spider veins than younger individuals. In fact, researchers believe that anywhere between 30 to 60 percent of adults have them.
There are a lot of symptoms associated with spider veins including pain. A person might have a sensation of heaviness in their legs. They may feel like their legs are burning, or they might have intense cramping or aching in their legs.
Regardless of the causes of spider veins, the pain and discomfort accompanying them can often be relieved by simply elevating your legs or by wearing compression stockings. Our medical professionals at the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre can also evaluate your veins and provide a treatment plan that is designed to either eliminate the spider veins or minimize their symptoms. Our office is located in Libertyville, IL and we also serve the Chicago, Waukegan and North Chicago and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office with one of the best vein doctors in our community.