What is Causing My Spider Veins?

Some spider vein specialists are saying that over half of the American population has some kind of vein disease, but even so, no one wants to find out that they have spider veins. While spider veins aren’t dangerous, they are ugly and can show up anywhere on your body. Similar to varicose veins (but smaller), these blue, red, or purple veins which are will form spider web-like patterns just under the skin on the arms, stomach, back, face, neck, and buttocks are caused by the rupture or hemorrhage of a blood vessel or vein.

Spider Veins Caused by Telangiectasia

Spider veins resulting from telangiectasia usually appear on the hands or face. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are not a symptom of valve failure. Hemorrhaged blood vessels just under the skin — rips and tears in the wall of a blood vessel — create spider veins.

Causes of Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia can be caused by a variety of factors, but some of the common causes are:

  • Overexposure to the sun or freezing temperatures for long periods of time
  • Trauma
  • Radiation exposure
  • Chemotherapy

Other Causes of Spider Veins

In addition to Telangiectasia, additional causes of spider veins include:

  • Minor Skin Damage
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Dermatologic Disorders
  • Exposure to Damaging Agents – such as the sun or chemicals
  • Underlying Vein Disease – spider veins can be an indicator that you have a more serious vein disease, this is why you should always consult a vein specialist if you have any vein disease symptoms.

Repair or Removal of Spider Veins

While spider veins are typically just a cosmetic issue, as they cause no pain or discomfort, many people choose to have them removed. There are a number of options spider vein specialists have for repairing or removing these unsightly veins, including the following:

  • Laser Surgery: A spider vein specialist will use a laser to send bursts of light into the vein to encourage the vein to fade and disappear. This treatment will occur over several visits.
  • Sclerotherapy: This is also a means of stopping the supply of blood to the swollen or hemorrhaged vessel close to the surface of the skin. A saline solution is injected with a very small needle to cause a collapse of the vessel’s wall lining, this will allow the blood to reroute to healthier veins.

1960 Family Practice has four locations throughout North Houston, including Cypress, Spring, and The Woodlands. If you are local and would like more information about treatment for spider veins, please contact us by calling (281) 586-3888, or filling out an appointment request form to request time with one of our doctors in the Greater Houston area.

For more information on varicose veins visit our blog about Varicose Veins Causes and Treatments.

3 Ways Your Clothing and Footwear Could Be Damaging Your Veins

Updated: August 25, 2017

There’s much to love about clothing and footwear. For example, they provide you with opportunities to showcase your personality, creativity and style. At the same time, some types of clothing and footwear can be damaging to your health, more specifically you could be causing damage to your veins. Below, you’ll find our vein specialist has shared some ways in which you could be harming your veins without knowing it.

1. You Wear High Heels

If you wear high heels often, your veins could be in trouble. The good news is that your health is probably not at risk, but the appearance of your legs could be. Spider veins and varicose veins may be common among high heel lovers because the shoes change your regular gait. Your toes bear more weight, causing your calf muscles to contract. Blood does not move through your legs as efficiently, and when it pools, varicose veins may result. And in some cases, varicose veins prove to be dangerous to a person’s health. Blood clots or ulcerated skin are potential outcomes.

If you love wearing high heels, you don’t necessarily need to quit. You may just want to reserve the heels for special occasions. Also visit a varicose vein specialist sooner rather than later, if you have any concerns.

2. You Pull on Skinny Jeans Most Days

Skinny jeans may look great (and feel great) on you. However, too-tight jeans may decrease blood circulation in your body; your pelvic area could be especially at risk. The danger to your veins is that sluggish circulation could cause blood to pool. As with high heels, wearing skinny jeans selectively can help combat this problem. This will cause vein damage that will result in leg pain.

3. Girdles Are Your Best Friend

Girdles are tight. Really tight. So approach them with caution if you want to avoid unsightly and damaged veins. Ditto with other kinds of shapewear, as well as control top pantyhose.

You’ve probably noticed a pattern by now: Tight fits aren’t great. With that in mind:

  • Ditch any super-tight pants that leave angry red indentations on your skin when you undress. You need bigger pants.
  • Give your belt more space to work with if it’s leaving these red marks, too.
  • Wear compression stockings if you want. Yes, they’re tight, but they actually promote blood circulation in your legs which will discourage vein disease.

Speaking of compression stockings, you may find a lot of information online that high heels and too-tight clothing causing varicose veins and spider veins is a myth. While there’s no smoking gun that definitely proves a connection between the clothing and varicose veins or spider veins, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence. Plus, if you wear high heels, girdles or skinny jeans repeatedly for years, they will take a toll on your body. That’s a lot of pooled blood. These garments are not good for your health in general, so you are doing your health a favor if you reduce how often you wear them.

Unfortunately, even if you skip the girdles, skinny jeans and high heels, you could still end up with unattractive veins. Most vein doctors will agree that common causes of spider veins and varicose veins include obesity, skin injuries, blood clots, birth control pills, frequently standing for long periods and genetics.

How Do You Prevent Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

To possibly starve off spider or varicose veins, try to walk for at least 30 minutes daily, maintain a healthy weight and avoid prolonged standing.

If you suspect that you already have vein damage make an appointment with a vein specialist. They will review your vein treatment options that might include surgery, intense pulsed light therapy, sclerotherapy, radiofrequency occlusion and endovenous laser treatment. Each of these treatments can help reduce the appearance of these veins. If you are located in Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, or any of the surrounding areas, you can make an appointment with one of our vein doctors.