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Why do I already have spider veins at a young age?

I have small spider veins on my bum and thighs. They are blue and small. Why would I have them already if I am only a teenager? Could sitting all day at school be causing them? Will they ever disappear?

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You are in good company. Many people develop spider veins in their early teens. By the time someone is 50 years old - I know that seems like a long time from now - most people (> 50 percent of the population) has spider veins. The biggest factor for developing spider veins is family history. Sitting all day is not a big factor. Unfortunately they will not go away unless you have them treated.

Small traumas, growth spurts, rapidly increasing muscle mass, and normal physical activities including sports could cause these cosmetic veins to appear. This is not an indication of any larger problem and they typically will not spontaneously disappear. If you want them treated, then sclerotherapy would be a good choice.

Spider Veins are most often hereditary. If you have had trauma to an area, that can cause some varicose veins or spider veins to develop at a young age. Unfortunately, they will not disappear. There are options with sclerotherapy and lasers.

Spider veins are tiny veins less than 1 mm in diameter in the upper layers of the skin. They appear to be red in color. Spider veins (telangiectasia) develop eventually in most of us as tiny veins in the skin enlarge. This may happen while we are young and it gets worse as we get older. Small blue veins usually are slightly larger than spider veins and are located deeper in the skin which causes the more bluish appearance. These are not uncommon and may represent small malformations of veins. Usually, these are not a problem except for cosmetic appearance unless they are very large. Consult a qualified phlebologist for an examination to help you evaluate your specific issues.

This is usually due to hereditary factors. They will not go away, but good habits like maintaining a good weight and exercise will minimize the formation of other spider veins.

Patients usually get spider veins at a young age due to genetics. They will not go away on their own and tend to get worse with age, pregnancies, weight gain and hormones.

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