Although varicose veins and spider veins do have similarities, there are differences between the two vein issues. It’s important to distinguish between the two to take precautionary measures and treat your condition effectively. So what are the differences between varicose veins and spider veins? Keep reading to learn more!
Varicose veins are damaged veins that have become swollen and twisted, noticeably bulging out beneath the skin. They often appear in a cord-like shape and turn a blue or purple color. Some people experience discoloration of the skin surrounding the varicose vein too. Varicose veins are also much more likely to appear on the legs.
At first glance, spider veins look similar to varicose veins. However, they are much thinner, more web-like veins that don’t typically become as swollen. Spider veins appear red, blue, or purple in color. They also typically appear in little clusters. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins commonly appear on the legs, face, and arms. Typically varicose veins appear on the legs and it is rare to appear on other parts of the body.
While varicose veins and spider veins are similar in how they occur, there are some differences. Let’s look at the similarities first to distinguish the differences. Normal veins have a one-way valve that keeps blood flowing to your heart. When someone develops varicose or spider veins, doctors and scientists have found that the normal vein becomes damaged. In these cases, the one-way valve malfunctions and allows blood to flow the opposite way as well, allowing your vein to take a different shape and become raised beneath the skin.
Symptoms from the development of varicose veins and spider veins differ. You are much more likely to feel an aching, throbbing pain from varicose veins. Many times, people experience fatigue in the legs, heaviness, and restlessness. Whereas you are more likely to have burning or itching sensations from spider veins. Spider veins are believed to be caused from sun damage or blood vessels bursting.
What You Need to Know About Varicose Veins
- 50% of American women have varicose veins or a related venous disorder.
- 45% of all men will experience varicose veins at some point in their lives.
- 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder, with at least 45 million suffering specifically from varicose veins.
- Though men suffer from varicose veins too, women are far more likely to seek help for varicose and spider veins.
- 50% of varicose vein patients have a family history of varicose veins.
- 90% chance of developing varicose veins if their parents have the condition.
- Drinking and smoking increase your heart rate, putting more pressure on the damaged veins.
- Limiting salt and sugar in your diet can improve healthy blood flow.
- Sitting too much allows blood to pool in your leg and affects the efficiency of blood flow from your legs.
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