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Spider veins typically carry fewer health risks than varicose veins and are usually only a cosmetic problem. In some cases, however, they can lead to more serious issues. Such issues include:
Less often, spider veins can be a sign of blood backing up in deeper parts of the body
There are a variety of different risk factors that increase the chances of a person getting spider veins and varicose veins. Such factors include:
If symptoms persist despite efforts to treat them yourself, you may want to consider seeing a doctor. There are a number of spider vein treatment options available that have proven successful in getting rid of spider veins. Sclerotherapy treatment is just one option.
Spider veins are a mild form of varicose veins that appear as thin red and blue lines or as web-like networks of blood vessels on the surface of the skin. These abnormally enlarged veins appear when valves inside the veins no longer work properly.
Spider veins most commonly appear on the legs. This is due to how the veins in the legs carry blood. Leg veins move blood upwards to the heart, and when the valves in those veins do not work properly, gravity will force blood to flow backward and cause the veins to bulge or change color. Spider veins can cover either a large or small area of skin.
Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure used in the treatment of spider veins and occasionally varicose veins. It has been used since the 1930s and is performed in the office by a physician or specialized registered nurse. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution (typical agents used are; hypertonic saline, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, polidocanol, and chromated glycerin) through a very fine needle directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing them to shrink and the blood to clot. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins. It may take several treatments, and patients must wear compression hose for 2-3 weeks after a procedure to achieve desired results. Patients can resume most normal activities after the procedure.
Like varicose vein surgery, sclerotherapy techniques have evolved since it was first used. Modern techniques such as ultrasonographic guidance and foam sclerotherapy are the latest developments in this evolution. Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” and is preferred over laser for eliminating large spider veins (telangiectasiae) and smaller varicose leg veins.
Like all treatment therapies, you may experience mild to moderate side effects after sclerotherapy. Reported events for the treatment of spider veins have ranged from simple localized itching, which can last for one or two days after the procedure, to more involved raised, red areas at the injection site. These side effects should dissipate and disappear within a few days. Bruising may also occur around the injection site and can last several days or weeks.
However, larger veins that are treated with sclerotherapy may become lumpy and hard or discolored and may require several months to dissolve and fade.