Q: What are spider veins and surface veins?
Surface veins are swollen and raised blood vessels, which twist and turn. These are usually developed in the legs and are visible through the skin. Spider veins are smaller, purple, blue or red blood vessels that twist and turn and are also visible through the skin.
Q: Who can get spider veins or surface veins?
There are a lot of causes, but the main ones are: heredity; having to consistently stand for long periods of time; obesity; certain medications; and hormonal influences and conditions that put pressure on the abdomen, such as tumours. Between 30% and 60% of adults have spider veins or surface veins.
Q: Do spider veins and surface veins pose any health risks?
There are usually no associated health risks, but surface veins or spider veins can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying condition. So seeing a doctor is advised.
Q: How do you treat spider or surface veins?
There are a lot of options depending on the cause. Seeking professional help is the best thing you can do as surgery or laser treatments might be required in some cases. In most cases, however, the problem can be solved with lifestyle changes, supportive clothing and simple therapy.