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When to seek treatment for varicose and spider veins

If you suffer from varicose and spider veins, you are not alone. It is estimated that nearly one in four people in this country experience some form of leg vein disorder during their lifetime. Understanding the roles of exercise, diet, and hormones can minimize your risk and control progression; but if varicose veins are already a problem, modern techniques including spider vein removal have made treatment of this common condition more effective and safer than ever before.

Varicose and spider veins can occur in men or women of any age, but most frequently affect women of childbearing years and older. Hereditary factors play the most important role in determining whether you will develop varicose or spider veins, although the specific genetic factors responsible have not yet been identified. If you have varicose or spider veins, chances are your mother or father probably had them too.

Most varicose veins are due to elevated pressure within the vein, however some people have an inborn weakness of vein walls and can develop varicose veins even in the absence of elevated venous pressure.

Most spider veins are little more than cosmetic nuisances though they can be associated with symptoms such as itching, burning, or throbbing, but for the most part pose no serious health threat. While most varicose veins are not a serious medical problem, they can be a symptom of a larger underlying health problem, as well as lead to significant complications such as dry, stretched, swollen, itching, or scaling skin; thin, fragile, easily injured skin at or above the ankle; bleeding and ulcers (open sores) due to the thin skin over the varicose vein; stasis pigmentation – skin color changes around the ankles and lower legs; to name a few.

Whether you desire cosmetic improvement or relief of symptoms, the information contained in this site should give you a better sense of your condition and the current treatments available. Though the information provided is helpful there is no substitute for consulting with a doctor personally. Consultations with the doctor are strongly encouraged to ensure a proper diagnosis. Call 866-238-0131 to set up an appointment today.

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