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Do spider veins and varicose veins always need treatment?

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No. Varicose and spider veins may be primarily a cosmetic problem. Severe cases of varicose veins, especially those involving ulcers, typically require treatment.

Thousands of people every year consider getting treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. Advertisements for treating venous disease often tout "unique," "permanent," "painless," or "absolutely safe" methods - making it difficult to decide on the best treatment. Check with a doctor if you are uncertain.

From: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill, edited by Eugene Braunwald, et. al., 2001. A portion of this information was furnished by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government.

Spider and Varicose Veins from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill, edited by Eugene Braunwald, et. al., 2001. A portion of this information was furnished by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government.

Spider and Varicose Veins from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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