What are varicose veins?
In normal veins, tiny valves keep blood flowing upward to the heart. In venous disease, these valves fail, allowing blood to flow in reverse (venous reflux) and pool. This increases pressure in the vein, resulting in dilation and bulging, or varicosity.
Affecting both genders, but more women than men, varicose veins are large, swollen and unappealing. They can cause inflammation, discomfort, burning, itching, swelling, bleeding and pain. They can also cause potentially serious, even life-threatening health risks, including leg ulcers and deep vein clots.
This video provides a clear representation of the valve insufficiency, venous reflux, pooling and bulging associated with venous disease and varicose veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are smaller, web-like and usually red or blue. Tiny and close to the surface, spider veins are still noticeable and unattractive. They commonly are found on the head, neck, chest and arms and legs. Like varicose veins, spider veins are caused by pressure buildup, which means they can be related to varicosity in other veins, including reticular veins.
What are reticular veins?
Reticular veins are smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins. Usually found in the outer thighs or behind the thighs, they appear dilated, flat and blue or green in color. Reticular veins can cause tenderness or burning and itching and may or may not become serious.
What do you do?
Are spider veins associated with varicosity elsewhere? How well is that varicose vein functioning? For veins, it’s all about function. So, the first step is to measure function through careful testing and reach a complete, accurate diagnosis. Then, get advanced, effective, minimally invasive treatment and get back to your life quickly with less hassle, real relief and without the embarrassment.