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What is the difference between Varicose and Spider Veins?

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The condition of varicose veins is very common around the world, with millions of patients suffering from it in varying degrees. Severe forms of varicose veins can cripple or debilitate the patient, and lead to health complications of different types.

Varicose veins are essentially swollen and dilated veins that run through the entire length of the legs. This swollen appearance comes from the fact that these veins are unable to carry blood against the force of gravity to the heart. The blood reverses its flow and fills into these veins, giving them a bulging look. It happens due to poor functioning of the blood vessels in these veins. Many patients experience pain and discomfort in their legs due to varicose veins. In absence of treatment, a prolonged condition of varicose veins results in blood clots, ulcers of the skin and an inflammatory state of the veins.

Spider veins, on the other hand, do not represent as serious a condition as varicose veins. These veins usually appear on the legs and the face. These veins are also dilated and can be spotted as little bundles of blood vessels around the skin’s surface. They may be bluish or reddish in color. The location of spider veins gives them a very conspicuous appearance, making the patient look unsightly in most cases.

Spider veins are largely a cosmetic problem, and do not represent as serious health risk as the varicose veins. However, for many people, especially women, physical aesthetics hold a lot of value. Such patients can feel very conscious or disturbed with this condition. Many women feel embarrassed by this condition. Some patients may experience mild pain with spider veins, but it may not usually be as acute as varicose veins.

Spider veins are called so because of their typical spider shaped network. They can also be spread like the branches of a tree, or present themselves as thin and short jagged lines. Sclerotherapy treatment can eliminate the problem of spider veins the same way as in the case of varicose veins.

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