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What are varicose and spider veins?

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Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, blue or purple veins that can be seen under the skin’s surface. They result from a weakening in the blood vessel wall or from faulty valves. They can show up anywhere on the body but most often appear on the legs or pelvic area.

Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins. They affect the capillaries, the body’s smallest blood vessels. Spider veins, which are red or blue, look like a spider’s web or tree branch, and they tend to appear on the legs and face.

From: Varicose and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

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