The Truth About Spider Veins

The causes, symptoms and treatments for those thread-like clusters of veins can be misunderstood. Dr. Tanquilut and Dr. Pradhan are here to help with honest information!

FACT: Spider veins are not a “normal” part of getting older.
About half of American women and about 2 in 5 American men will experience spider veins. While your risk increases as you age, spider veins are caused by a backup of blood, which can be triggered by pregnancy, hormonal changes, sun exposure or injuries. Getting spider veins is not predetermined for everyone.

FACT: If your mom or dad had spider veins, you probably will.
Weak vein valves are hereditary, so take a peek at your parents’ legs. When they have abnormal leg veins, chances are good that you will too. Regular walking or running, avoiding high heels, not smoking and eating a low-salt, high fiber diet can help cut that risk.

FACT: Weight plays a large part in the development of spider veins.
That’s why spider veins are more likely to appear when you’re pregnant, and get worse with each following pregnancy. Being overweight overall put extra pressure on your veins, weakening valves. If you’re genetically inclined to have spider veins, make sure you maintain a healthy weight.

FACT: Spider veins can hurt.
While spider veins, unlike varicose veins, are not usually a serious health problem, they can be very uncomfortable. Spider vein clusters can itch and burn. Standing or sitting – holding one position – for too long each day can worsen the problem. Shift your weight often and elevate your legs whenever possible.

FACT: There is no non-medical remedy to “cure” spider veins.
Compression stockings and consistent leg elevation might slow the progression of spider veins, but only medical treatment can make them disappear. Ask if sclerotherapy, the most common treatment for spider veins, is right for you. Dr. Tanquilut or Dr. Pradhan will insert a solution into your veins to cause them to seal shut and vanish.

FACT: Vein “clinic” or “center” doctors are not specially trained in vein care and vein health.
Dr. Tanquilut and Dr. Pradhan are board-certified and fellowship trained vascular surgeons, meaning that they’ve completed years of training dedicated solely to veins. This training and certification means your health is in vastly more qualified hands – and if something is unusual about your vein care, our physicians are more educated and experienced to handle it properly.

Call Vascular Specialists today at 815-824-4406 if you have any questions about your vein health!

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