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What are spider veins?

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asked Apr 4, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Spider veins are small, red or purple blood vessels that are twisted or turned. They are more commonly visible on the face and legs. There are many reasons for the condition such as standing for long hours, hormonal changes in the body during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, obesity, the use of birth control pills, and a history of blood clots. Spider veins are more common in women, and they develop with aging. Many patients have described the condition as aching or cramping in the legs. The most common symptoms include tingling, throbbing, burning or a feeling of heaviness in the legs. Spider veins don't pose a serious health risk other than being a cosmetic issue for most sufferers.


References

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/varicose-veins-and-spider-veins


answered Apr 4, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
Varicose and spider veins are those tiny lines that are visible all over your legs. Varicose veins and spider veins can steal your confidence and make you feel uncomfortable about putting on your bathing suit to go swimming or wearing shorts to make the most of the warm weather.

How do you get varicose veins in the first place? Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your tissues, and then your veins return blood from the rest of your body through one-way valves to your heart, so the blood can’t flow backwards but is carried to your heart where it can be recirculated.

Diseased veins, however, have weakened valves, which allows blood to flow backward and pool inside the veins. This leads to a build-up of pressure inside the veins, resulting in venous disease.

The problem is, as you get older, your veins can lose elasticity causing them to stretch. That can make the valves in your veins weak. Blood pools in your veins, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. They appear blue because they contain deoxygenated blood – it’s still in the process of being recirculated through the lungs. You’re also at higher risk for varicose veins if you have a family history of the problem.

Source: http://www.belmarrahealth.com/varicose-veins-and-spider-veins-causes-prevention-and-natural-remedies/

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