Spider Veins on Your Face?
The term spider veins shouldn't scare you, but it's understandable you would have questions about them. Let's see if we can't quash your fears.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasis, are tiny (0.5 -1mm) dilated blood vessels that are found at or near the surface of the skin or membrane. Spider veins are often mistaken for varicose veins. They are like varicose veins, but not as big. They start as capillaries and look like tiny blue or red lines. Spider veins may appear isolated or appear with feeder veins, and they may also be located near varicose veins.
The Appearance of Spider Veins
You'll find spider veins in three forms:
- A spider shape with a bunch of veins branching out
- Tree branch shape
- Thin separate lines in a linear pattern
Where Spider Veins Can Be Found
Popular locations include the ankles, arms, calves, cheeks, chin, knees, legs, neck, nose, and thighs, but don't worry if they suddenly appear, because spider veins come and go. The reason spider veins might appear on your legs is is due to the following factors: age, gender, hormones, lifestyle, occupation, pregnancy, trauma, and weight gain. When spider veins are found on the legs, they're usually associated with varicose veins. The reasons for spider veins on your trunk or face is because of these factors: cold exposure, radiation exposure, Rosacea (chronic acne), sun exposure, and trauma.
The Causes of Spider Veins
For the most part, obscure, inherited, or congenital conditions cause spider veins. Elevated estrogen levels, excessive alcohol ingestion, medication, and pesticides can also cause spider veins.
The Symptoms of Spider Veins
Spider veins usually have the following symptoms: aching, cramping, heaviness, and itching. You'll notice pain is not a symptom of spider veins. It's important to note that spider veins don't actually cause pain, fatigue, or swelling. If you're suffering from these symptoms, know that they're not from spider veins. You should seek your health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
The Prevalence of Spider Veins
It's estimated that one-third of the entire adult female population has some form of spider veins at one time or another during their lifetime.
The Most Common Natural Remedies for Spider Veins
Three natural remedies are suggested to prevent spider veins: horse chestnut, witch hazel, and horse tail. Vitamin C is also beneficial when it comes to spider veins because it strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, and aids in healing. Bioflavonoids (PCO, quercetin, and bromelain) are also strongly recommended.
The Most Common Medical Treatment Option for Spider Veins
Even though spider veins are harmless, most people address them for cosmetic reasons. The most accepted treatment option is sclerotherapy, in which, a solution is injected into the vein to harden and shrink it. As with any procedure, there are possible side effects including: allergic reaction, blood clots, bruising, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, recurring veins, telangiectatic matting, trapped blood, and ulcers.
Life After Spider Veins
As you can see, there is life after spider veins! And remember... spider veins come and go. What us preoccupying you today may not even be there tomorrow. Do what you can to make necessary lifestyle changes, and try not to fret over these annoying veins!