What Are The Risk Factors Of Spider Veins?

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Spider veins are small veins that look like thin red lines with web-like networks on the legs and face. Spider veins are rarely painful, but people seek treatment because they mind about how they look. Spider veins can be caused by malfunctioning valves, which cause the backflow of blood in the veins. The backflow of blood in the veins causes blood to pool inside the veins causing them to bulge. 

The bulged veins can form branches that form the webs that are seen in spider nerves. There are various treatment modalities for East Orlando spider veins, including sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, and venoseal. The doctors will evaluate you to assess which treatment method works best for you. 

What Are The Risk Factors Of Spider Veins? 

Most people who have spider veins have a genetic predisposition for the condition where it runs among their family members. Being overweight puts a lot of pressure on the lower limbs' veins and can, therefore, cause the valves to stop working, resulting in the pooling of blood inside the legs veins. Standing or sitting for prolonged periods cause the valves to become damaged because they are forced to pump blood with a higher force. When these valves fail, spider veins develop. 

High amounts of estrogen in the body weakens the valves in the veins and therefore reduces their functioning. Women who use hormonal contraception methods, or women who are under hormonal replacement therapy during menopause, have a high risk of developing spider veins. During pregnancy, there is increased blood that needs to be circulated, thus increasing the valves' work, and the increase in weight in pregnancy also increases pressure on the legs veins. 

Veins become weaker as they grow old, and so do the muscles, and therefore older people are more likely to develop spider veins because their valves are too weak to prevent backflow of blood, and their calf muscles are also too weak to assist in pumping of blood. Older people are also less active; thus, the valves have to work harder, causing them to fail. 

Spider veins also affect women more than men because more females are likely to become overweight than males, and females also use contraceptives or become pregnant. People who have peripheral venous diseases are also at an increased risk of spider veins because of damage to the valves. Having a previous blood clot or clotting disorders puts you at a higher risk of spider veins. 

The breaking of the facial veins causes spider veins in the face due to the damage caused by ultraviolet light after sun exposure. These risk factors can be avoided by weight management, avoiding sun exposure, exercise, and avoiding sitting or standing in one place for prolonged periods. You may, however, not have control over some risk factors like pregnancy and genetic predisposition. 


Spider veins are caused by the valves' failure inside the veins in the legs to work, causing the backflow and pooling of blood inside the veins. The pooling of blood then causes the veins to form branches, which are the unwanted spider veins. Pregnant women, older people, overweight persons, and sitting or standing for prolonged periods puts you at an increased risk of developing spider veins.

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