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How are varicose veins and spider veins different?

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How are varicose veins and spider veins different? Spider veins are the small red, blue veins that are seen on the surface of the skin. These can be present in the face, legs, chest, arms - anywhere in the body. These are surface veins. Heredity appears to be the largest factor in terms of where they come from. Although sun exposure, particularly in the face, can be a source as well. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are those large bulging ropey veins underneath the surface of the skin. These are associated more with circulation issues. The one way valves that are present in the veins that allow the flow of blood up the leg are usually not functioning properly. So the blood backs up in to the veins and may become distended for a period of time. Varicose veins are usually associated with underlying medical condition involving the veins. The spider veins are usually cosmetic; however, spider veins, if they become dense enough, particularly in the ankle area, it can bleed spontaneously. When this occurs, treatment of these veins will be considered medically necessary.

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