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What makes you likely to get varicose and spider veins?

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A number of factors can raise your odds. They include:

  • Heredity
  • Jobs that involve lots of standing, like nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy, puberty, and menopause hormones
  • Birth control pills
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • A history of blood clots
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, like tumors, constipation, and wearing girdles.
  • Trauma or injury to the skin
  • Previous vein surgery
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays

From: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

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