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How do you know if you have spider veins?

This question was asked in Austin, Texas and has 7 answer(s) as of 01/16/2013.
How do I know if I have spider veins? I am noticing veins but I do not know what kind they are. I am wanting to get them removed too.


Doctors Answers (7)

You won't know by yourself. Consult a physician that is well trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. That physician can tell you if they are spider veins and if so, what the appropriate treatment is for you.

Spider veins refers is a very small [ from .1 to 1 mm wide] abnormally dilated vein in near the surface of the skin. Also called telangiectasia, spider veins are small veins that can be red or blue , they can be straight but often occur in clusters like a" spider" with multiple " legs" or branches radiating from the center.

Spider veins are thin(1-2mm) visible blood vessels on the skin surface. They are connected through connecting veins with deeper and larger abnormal veins. An Ultrasound exam is needed to make this diagnosis. A vein specialist can perform this exam and explain the options for removing them.

Spider veins are small vessels visible on the surface of the skin. They appear as thin red, purple or dark blue lines (less than 1 millimeter in diameter). They usually appear in clusters, and their thin, long appearance look like spider legs! The next size up from spider veins is reticular veins. By definition, these are 1-3 mm in diameter (about 1/8 inch). They are blue or green in appearance. Varicose veins are the largest skin surface veins, being greater than 3 mm in diameter. They are raised, bulging veins. The exact definition of which type of veins you see is not too important, your vein specialist will know and guide you to the correct treatment. It is important to seek out a fully trained vein expert (phlebologist) who has the full complement of treatment modalities.

The small blue vein on the surface of the skin are spider veins.

Spider veins are red (smaller) to purple (larger) in color and typically seen most often on the legs around the outer thighs, knees, and ankles, or on the face around the cheeks, nose and chin. These are small dilated vessels close to the skin surface and can be treated with either sclerotherapy injections for the legs or laser treatment for the facial veins.

Spider veins are very easy to diagnose. They are visible as red, blue or purple veins, up to 1 mm in diameter, on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are extremely common, and probably at least half of the adult population will have spider veins either on the legs and/or face. They are also not uncommonly found on the chest, back or upper abdomen.

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