Spider veins are very similar to varicose veins except they are smaller. They usually appear to be blue or red, and are closer to the skin surface when compared to varicose veins. This condition can appear on small and large areas of a patient's skin as spider webs with short jagged lines or tree branches.
What are the causes of spider veins?
Spider veins can be caused by venous insufficiency, a condition where vein valves acting as one way flaps prevent blood flow backwards while moving up the legs. Additional causes of spider veins include sun exposure, hormone changes, and inherited related factors.
How do you treat or remove spider veins?
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