Spider veins: blemishes or dangerous?

Spider veins are tiny varicose veins that often shimmer through the skin with a bluish tinge. What are the causes and how they can be removed

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Spider veins - briefly explained

  • Spider veins are tiny veins and are a form of varicose veins
  • They are mostly harmless and more of a cosmetic problem
  • Spider veins develop in the course of life due to weak connective tissue
  • They typically appear on the legs, but also on the face
  • Usually you don't have to have them removed. There are, however, several methods that can be used to remove the small veins
  • They cannot be prevented. However, by following a vein-friendly lifestyle, you can slow the progression of varicose veins

Spider veins are tiny dilated veins that look reddish to bluish in color

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What are spider veins? Why are they called that?

Spider veins are enlarged, tiny veins that run in the skin and are visible from the outside. They are a form of varicose veins. From a distance they can look like a bruise. If you take a closer look, you will see the fine veins that shimmer reddish to bluish through the skin. Since they sometimes spread like a kind of brush, they are called spider veins colloquially. Terms such as "spider veins" or "spider veins" also stand for this form of varicose vein.

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How do spider veins come about? Are they dangerous?

Spider veins are considered harmless. They often occur in isolation on tiny veins in the skin - without any further problems with larger veins at the same time. The latter can manifest itself in the form of varicose veins and discomfort in the legs. Only rarely can spider veins be a sign that deeper veins are diseased. Therefore, as a precaution, you should consult a doctor - even if you are unsure whether it is spider veins.

However, spider veins have the same causes as varicose veins in the larger veins. There is also a hereditary predisposition to spider veins. If one parent or both parents have varicose veins, the children are more likely to develop them as well. Women are affected more often than men.

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