You may already know what spider and varicose veins look like, as they are all around us. It is estimated that more than 40 million people in this country have varicose veins, which are enlarged and bluish-purple. These rope-like veins twist and turn on the legs, ankles and feet.
Countless Americans also have spider web veins, which are smaller and more superficial; red, brown, blue, or purple in color. Although spider veins aren’t generally a health threat, over time varicose veins might lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a more serious type of vein disease.
Are Spider Veins Bad?
There is a common misconception that spider and varicose veins are only an aesthetic problem, so treatment isn’t warranted. It is true that many people who have abnormal veins are embarrassed about their appearance and wear clothing that covers their legs, regardless of the temperature.
However, symptoms of spider and varicose veins and of vein disease can also be uncomfortable and progress into real health concerns. These symptoms include:
- Visible spider veins, or swollen varicose veins
- A feeling of heaviness or fullness in the legs
- Leg fatigue
- Swelling of the ankles or legs
- Restless legs
- Leg pain, aching, or cramping particularly later in the day or at night, or after standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Skin changes – alterations in skin color; dry, scaly, or irritated skin that cracks easily; or thickened/hardened skin on the legs or ankles
- Ulcers (skin sores) on the legs, that don’t heal readily
Without treatment, vein disease and the accompanying symptoms worsen. You don’t have to tolerate the discomfort and unsightliness of spider and varicose veins, or risk the ongoing health consequences.
No matter what symptoms you are experiencing, there are safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment options available that do not require surgery. These procedures have short recovery times, allowing a quick return to everyday activities, and they are covered by most insurance plans.
Sclerotherapy treatment eliminates spider and varicose veins, reduces or resolves symptoms, and improves the appearance of your legs. Learn more about treating your spider and varicose veins and vein disease by scheduling an appointment by calling Miami Skin and Vein at 786-618-5039.