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.