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What's the difference between varicose and spider veins?

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Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.

Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin. They usually show up on your legs and face.

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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