By Colin Doyle, APRN
What Are Spider Veins? Spider veins are the small red or purple vessels which may develop on the surface of the skin and are commonly found on the face or legs. As you can imagine, the presence of these vessels can be very distressing. You may not realize that they can also be very uncomfortable, causing a burning or itching sensation.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins may develop from increased pressure or an increased sensitivity to pressure within the vein. The pressure causes vessels to expand like a balloon being blown up with air. There are many different factors which may contribute to increased pressure or sensitivity to pressure in the vein:
- Heredity: Some people are born with valve weakness within the veins, a condition called venous insufficiency that causes the vessels to dilate.
- Obesity: Being overweight may contribute to increased pressures within the veins.
- Sun Exposure/Injuries: Inflammation from sunburns and injuries can cause the vessel walls to weaken and make them more sensitive to pressure changes.
- Limited Movement: Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause venous pressure to increase by limiting the calf muscle’s ability to circulate blood.
- Hormone Changes: These changes stimulate the body to retain fluid and cause the veins to dilate and expand. These changes may take place during menopause, pregnancy and while taking birth control pills, which contain estrogen and progesterone.
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