To understand the difference between varicose veins and spider veins in the lower leg and thigh region, we must look at what the purpose of veins is in first place:
Spider veins also known as telangiectasias are small, twisted blood vessels that are visible through the skin. They may be red, purple or blue and most appear on the thighs, lower legs or face. Due to this twisting and bent appearance, they appear like a spider with a central region and multiple legs.
They do not cause any major structural problems or complications but patients often feel self-conscious due to their unsightly nature and often very prominent pattern.
Varicose veins are large tortuous and abnormal blood vessels that are often seen bulging out of the skin. They can develop anywhere in the body, but usually sprout on the legs and ankles
They often appear on the lower limbs and become more prominent when standing and less so when lying down or lifting the legs up. They tend to cause many symptoms and complications, such as heaviness, aching, cramping, swelling, itchiness and ulcer formation as they progress.
Spider veins and varicose veins are venous disorders often seen in the lower leg and thigh region of individuals. Both types represent abnormal and diseased veins that are not functioning. This essentially means that they serve no purpose except to worsen symptoms already present and give rise to complications like scarring, discoloration and ulcer (wound) formation.
These conditions are more common in women but men do suffer from them as well. Men tend to seek treatment only when the disease has progressed and complications have set in. Doctor Vein can treat and eliminate both spider veins and varicose veins with ease and efficiency. Why not make an appointment today and find out how you can be relieved from this often painful condition.
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