Spider veins do not usually cause symptoms, although some people may feel mild itching or burning.
Spider veins are common and generally are not a serious health problem. Most people can manage varicose veins with home treatment, such as exercising, wearing compression stockings, and elevating the legs.
Other treatments include sclerotherapy, in which a chemical injection into a vein makes it close; or laser therapy, which scars and closes a vein. A closed vein loses its source of blood and dies. This makes it likely to fade or disappear.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery|
|Last Revised||February 1, 2012|
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