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2017-12-12

5 Common Spider Vein Myths

Spider veins occur due to weakened or damaged veins. They show up as blue and purple veins that branch out around parts of the body, such as the legs. However, there are many misconceptions about spider veins and how to treat them. Here is our list of five common spider vein myths. Find out if you are a candidate for spider vein treatment at Via Vascular today.

Spider Vein Myth #1 – Cosmetically Unappealing But Harmless

While this is true in some cases, this is not always a fact. Sometimes spider veins are a symptom of a much more critical vascular issue. Symptoms of spider veins include itching and burning. They can quickly become more than just a simple cosmetic blight. Similarly to varicose veins, spider veins can also cause blood to back up. It prohibits the easy flow of blood.

Spider Vein Myth #2 – Age Is the Issue

Some believe that spider veins are just a part of the natural aging process. However, there are many different factors for the presence of spider veins. Most cases of spider veins are hereditary, and so it is in one’s genes to obtain spider veins. Other factors that can cause spider veins are sun exposure, obesity, and an inactive lifestyle. If you have a job that either requires you to stand or sit for long hours at a time, then this can also be a risk for spider veins. Make sure to take breaks and exercise whenever possible. This will help keep the blood flowing through your legs, which can help prevent spider veins from occurring.

Spider Vein Myth #3 – Only Women Are at Risk

While women are at a higher risk than men, around 45% of men will develop a venous disease by the time they reach their 60s. They have an equal hereditary risk to women, and an inactive lifestyle can increase the likelihood of spider veins to occur. While it is less common for men to develop spider veins than women, it is still important to lead an active lifestyle in order to lessen the chances of developing a venous deficiency.

Spider Vein Myth #4 – There’s No Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

While both spider and varicose veins are a sign of a venous deficiency, this does not mean they were caused in the same way. Varicose veins are thick, bulging cords along the lower legs that show a more intense form of venous deficiency. Spider veins, on the other hand, can be caused by too much exposure to the sun or hormonal fluctuations as one might experience when pregnant. Regardless, both should be considered serious, and one should seek treatment for any form of venous deficiency.

Spider Vein Myth #4 – Surgery Is the Only Treatment Option

Surgery used to be the only form of treatment for spider veins, but now there is a new form that is minimally invasive and requires no hospital stay. At Via Vascular, we use sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. It involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the veins in order to create easy blood flow. It is a relatively painless procedure that may only cause a slight itching or burning sensation. Some patients do experience slight discomfort or tenderness after the procedure. However, the procedure does not require any sedation, and patients can even return to work after their procedure. Consider contacting Via Vascular today to discuss a treatment plan for your spider veins.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. Our state-of-the-art spider veins treatment with sclerotherapy provides instant relief from symptoms. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.

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