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SpiderVeins on Legs

Acommon condition affecting nearly 35% of the world's population,varicose veins are more commonly known as spider veins. These becomeapparent over time and are mostly seen on the legs, the hands and theface. They are mostly dark blue or purple when on the legs and deepred when on the hands. They are known colloquially as spider veinsdue to their similarity in appearance to spider webs. More commonlyfound in women than in men, these will start to develop in peoplefrom the age of 40 and onwards. They will usually appear on the face,behind the knees, on the calves or on the inner thighs.

Typically,spider veins develop for a number of reasons, including the weakeningof the walls of blood vessels in the legs, hands and face as a resultof aging. Obesity or hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause canalso cause varicose veins. Tightly fitted clothing can disrupt the bloodvessels under the skin and some birth control pills include varicoseveins as a potential side effect. Some people simply have spiderveins in their genes.

TreatingSpider Veins

Varicoseveins are mostly completely harmless and unobtrusive, necessitatingno medical attention of any kind. The only issue is an aesthetic one.Women especially find this distressing and many seek simple remediesto reduce the appearance of varicose veins. In some cases, however,varicose veins can cause cramping, itching, swelling, pain, bloodclots or discoloration of the skin, and may require certaintreatments to remedy.

Lasertreatment is a fairly new procedure that tends to work quite well.The laser is directed to painlessly burn away the damaged tissue ofthe affected veins, which is subsequently flushed away by the body'snatural processes. This treatment is typically suggested for veinsthat are too small for the more conventional method of injection,called sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapyinvolved injecting a specially prepared liquid into the varicose veinitself. This solution terminates the blood vessel, which thentransforms into dead tissue matter and is then naturally removed bythe body. An injection is required for each varicose vein, but theentire procedure is mostly painless and is very safe with very fewside effects.

Another,much more drastic method for dealing with spider veins is to removethem entirely from the leg by a procedure called an ambulatoryphlebectomy.

Spiderveins can be prevented or at least reduced by a regimen of frequentexercise, balanced dieting including plenty of fiber and, of course,drinking plenty of water.

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