What are spider veins?

Spider veins (also known as telangiectasias) are small superficial thread like veins close to the skin surface. They are more prominent on the back and sides of the thigh and just below the knee. These veins are more distinct in fair skinned people, and more common in females. The spider veins may seem to appear spontaneously, and they may or may not have symptoms. They appear as numerous fine bluish/red spider web-like circles on the legs.

Can spider veins cause leg swelling or pain?

Spider veins are minute veins and thread like. They are only of a cosmetic nuisance. They may or may not cause pain, leg swelling or fatigue. In any individual who has these symptoms, the spider veins may not be the root cause of the problem and may have further venous insufficiency.

What causes spider veins?

The real cause of spider veins is not known but they are more prominent in obese individuals, females, individuals who are on their feet for prolonged periods, minor trauma, pregnancy and perhaps use of contraceptives. There may be a familial component to these veins. In general, any condition that will increase pressure in the veins, can lead to spider veins.

How is sclerotherapy done?

Sclerotherapy involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine, thin needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at each session. The sclerosing solution used may be either polidocanol or sodium tetradecylsulfate.

Is there any harm in removing spider veins?

Spider veins have no function and removing does no harm. The only reason they are removed is because of their unsightly cosmetic.

Does insurance cover spider care treatments?

Unfortunately, spider veins are considered cosmetic in nature and many insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment.

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