Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face, thighs, and feet, and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. Although spider veins are usually considered only a cosmetic problem, spider veins can show symptoms of a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain, and can lead to varicose veins and other serious complications. You may see a cosmetic problem, but what’s going on under the surface is a medical issue. Whether or not you’re experiencing discomfort, whether it’s affecting your ability to live the life you want, you should find out what it means and what you can be doing about it. To get an accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment, you should talk to Chicago’s hometown vein specialists, Chicago Vein Institute.
If Left Untreated
Varicose veins are a progressive disease. Spider veins very often occur in conjunction with varicose veins. You can experience pain when standing or walking, develop sores on or near a varicose vein, and your feet and ankles may swell.
If left untreated, spider and varicose veins can cause, blood clots, phlebitis, venous statis ulcers, skin discoloration, lipodermatosclerosis and atrophie blanche.
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