• Spider veins are small clusters of red, purple or blue vessels that form very close to the skin’s surface. The web-like appearance of these abnormal veins gives rise to the term “spider veins.” Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins occur most commonly on the legs and feet. Spider veins are a mild symptom of varicose veins disease. Aside from an unpleasant appearance you may experience some mild discomfort.
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More About Spider Veins Next: Causes Of Spider Veins

What causes
spider veins?

Spider veins occur when blood pools in veins near the surface of the skin. They can be caused by heredity, obesity, trauma, and fluctuations in hormone levels. In many cases, the exact cause is not known. They tend to become more numerous with age, and are common among people over 30 and in pregnant women.Next: Symptoms


Symptoms of Spider Veins


• Tired, heavy, achy legs • Burning • Itching • Skin discoloration • Some patients experience no symptomsNext: Who Is Effected

Who Is Effected?

Anyone can get spider veins or varicose veins, but women are twice as susceptible as men. The problem is also more common in people with jobs that keep them on their feet, including nurses and teachers. Other factors that may contribute include:
• Genetics (family history) • Pregnancy • DVT or history of blood clots • Surgery or trauma to your leg • Being overweight • Aging, decreased elasticity of blood vessels • Smoking history • Menopause • Swelling and inflammation of a vein close to the skin, often in the legs (phlebitis) • Lack of exercise • High blood pressure in the leg veins over time, due to sitting or standing for long periodsNext: Treatments

How Are Spider
Veins Treated?

If lifestyle changes do not alleviate symptoms or the pain is severe, various treatment options may be recommended:


Lifestyle changes may help prevent varicose veins from forming. These changes include:
• Compression Stockings or Socks: These elastic stockings squeeze the veins and prevent blood from traveling down and pooling in the legs.
• Sclerotherapy: this minimally invasive treatment injects a solution directly into the vein that causes the vessel to shrink and eventually disappear.Next: Preventative Care

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Preventative Care

Lifestyle changes may help prevent varicose veins from forming. These changes include:
• Elevating legs while sitting or sleeping • Wearing compression stockings or dressings • Avoiding standing for extended periods of time • Weight reduction • Exercise Next: Insurance Coverage

Is Spider Vein Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Most insurance policies do not provide coverage for treatment of spider veins for cosmetic purposes. However, in some situations treatment may be considered as a covered medical expense. If you would like to inquire about treatment cost and coverage, one of our Premier Vein of Alaska team members can assist with getting this information.