of Vascular Disease
1. What are spider veins?
Varicose veins are very fine veins that are
visible just under the skin on the leg.
They are blue in colour and usually form a tree like pattern. If
you press on the spider veins they will lose their colour as the blood they
contain is squeezed out. Spider veins are not painful.
2. What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are
more common in some people than others but the reason they develop is not well
understood. Spider veins may be related to varicose veins but not
always. Having spider veins does not mean that you will get varicose
3. How do you diagnose spider
An examination of the skin is
usually all that is required to diagnose spider veins.
There are other causes of abnormal blood vessels in the skin which, to the
untrained eye, may look like spider veins. If spider veins are found then varicose
veins should be looked for as well. There is usually no need for X-rays or blood tests.
4. What will happen if I have spider veins and I do nothing about them?
the appearance, spider veins do not cause problems. Some people
find spider veins unsightly and embarrassing. If there are other symptoms
such as aching and ankle swelling then there may well be varicose veins as well.
5. What treatment is required for spider veins?
Spider veins that are not causing any
problems do not
require treatment. Many
patients who request treatment do so for largely cosmetic reasons.
There are two treatments for spider veins