Vein problems can be easy to ignore, especially in the early stages when there is little discomfort or disfigurement. Left untreated, however, abnormal veins progress and multiply, and can lead to health issues. You should recognize varicose and spider vein symptoms because in Manhattan, effective treatment options are available at Vein Institute & Pain Centers of America.
The technical name for spider veins is telangiectasia. They are broken capillaries formed when small blood vessels close to the surface of skin dilate. Most spider veins are found on the face and legs. They are red, brown, light blue, or purple in color. Spider veins resemble sunbursts, roadmaps, or web patterns (hence the name). They rarely cause discomfort and are not a health threat, but they mar smooth skin tone on legs and can be a source of embarrassment.
Spider or varicose veins?
The major differences between spider and varicose vein symptoms include:
- Size â€“ Varicose veins are usually larger; more than a quarter inch in diameter.
- Topography â€“ Spider veins are flat, while varicose veins are usually raised, distended, ropey, and twisted.
- Color â€“ Varicose veins tend to have more hue â€“ darker blue or purple.
- Discomfort â€“ Varicose veins may trigger symptoms ranging from restless legs to fatigue, heaviness, swelling, aching, cramping, itching, changes in skin texture and color, and leg ulcers.
Varicose veins are often a precursor to a serious condition called CVI â€“ chronic venous insufficiency.
There is no need to let abnormal veins spoil the appearance of your legs and cause pain. You donâ€™t have to wear slacks in summertime. Why avoid the pool, golf course, or dance floor? Learn to recognize varicose and spider vein symptoms, and call Vein Institute & Pain Centers of America in Manhattan for a range of minimally invasive treatmentsâ€“ (212) 810-9525.