We know that both spider and varicose veins are unattractive, but do you know the difference between the two? Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn, while spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn, looking more like spider webs. Both are caused by malfunctioning valves that cause blood to back up and twist the vein.

Though there can be many reasons as to why you develop spider or varicose veins, there are also many preventative measures to take to diminish the appearance and pain that may come with them.

What to do to ease venous disease:

  • Listen to your body – Though most believe either vein condition is a cosmetic issue, there are also serious health concerns that one may experience: fatigue, leg swelling/itching, cramps. Be sure to contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Wear Compression Stockings – This helps to elevate pressure to the veins by evenly distributing pressure amongst the legs.
  • Stay active – Keeping the blood flowing in the legs will reduce pressure and blood clots. Try activities such as walking, cycling or swimming.
  • Watch your weight – Maintaining a healthy weight may prevent either of these vein conditions by eliminating added pressure on the legs.


What not to do:

  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time – Keep your legs moving as being in the same position for an extended period of time can add pressure on the veins. To keep blood flowing, change positions every 30 minutes.
  • Don’t presume all treatments work the same for everyone – Vein damage can differ amongst individuals, meaning treatment may be different for all. Speak to your physician to determine the best treatment for yourself.
  • Avoid excessive heat – Heat increases vein swelling and leads to blood pooling. Keep the time spent  in heat to a minimum (hot baths, hot tubs, etc.).
  • Don’t believe all that you see in advertising – Be sure to do your research on physicians and treatments before going through with a procedure; false advertising claims are possible.


Premier Vein Specialists, LLC  can treat your vein disease at one of their vein centers in Camp Hill, Hanover, or York.  


About Dr. Mathai:

Dr. Mathai is the Director and Leading Physician of Premier Vein Specialists located in Camp Hill, Hanover, and York.  Dr. John Mathai, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. practiced heart surgery for over 3 decades before choosing to concentrate on vein treatment. 

He is double Board Certified with The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Member of The American College of Phlebology. Dr. Mathai received his medical degree from the University of Kerala, India in 1962. He did his General Surgery Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, my Cardio-Thoracic residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

His career as a Cardiac Surgeon lasted over 32 years. His practice was exclusively related to extremity veins, therefore was considered a phlebologist during that time.  He has been focusing on Phlebology for over 7 years.


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