Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

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Anybody may imagine that spider veins and varicose veins are two separate names for the same condition. Today I will clarify the difference between spider veins and varicose veins. Although it’s right that both spider veins and varicose veins have similar causes, symptoms, and treatments but they are not the same condition.

Common causes Of Spider And Varicose Veins :

Spider veins and varicose veins have almost similar common causes including:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High-heeled footwear and tight clothing
  • Aging

Treatments for Spider Veins And Varicose Veins :

Most people seek treatment for spider veins due to the cosmetic concern. However, varicose veins often require a treatment based on the severity of varicosity, physical symptoms, complications.

Along with medical or surgical treatment whatever you opt-in, you should do one or more of the following:

Compression Wear or stockings:

Compression Wear or Stockings are very helpful in both spider veins and varicose veins to reduce symptoms and slow progression. In fact, we recommend Compression Wear or stockings for most people who are on risk of further complications of both conditions.

Conservative Care:

In addition Compression Wear or stockings, several other conservative measures are advised for the patients. These include a regular exercise program, daily leg elevation, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding high heels to alleviate the symptoms of your varicose veins and slow their progression.

Within conservative care, regular exercises under supervision are most effective. You should discuss your options with a good physiotherapist before you get started.

Exercises for spider veins and varicose veins are same. Click on the link below to know how to do these exercises or you can watch the video.

Difference between spider veins and varicose veins :

As I have mentioned that varicose veins and spider veins have the same common cause, these are differences between them:

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging blue blood vessels which can be visible and felt right under the surface of the skin. They can let you feel heaviness, discomfort or swelling in the legs. Rarely, they can proceed to more serious health conditions such as non-healing sores and sometimes blood clots too.

Treatment may be a must to prevent varicose veins from getting worse and to improve how the legs look and feel like. Spider veins appear and become visible as tiny red or blue lines. Usually less than 1 mm in diameter, which looks like branches or a spider web just below the surface of your skin.

They remain painless mostly, do not cause leg swelling and commonly do not lead to other health problems. The cause of spider veins is not always leaking one-way valves in the veins. They can be due to different forms of venous insufficiency also.
Anyone can have both varicose veins and spider veins at the same time. It is important to point out that spider veins do not always proceed to varicose veins.
Treatment of spider veins alone is usually considered regarding cosmetic purpose only.

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