Do I Have Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

Leg vein issues plague a great number of American adults: as many as 1 in 3 adults complain of some form of venous insufficiency. And although most experience symptoms after turning 50, it’s not uncommon for younger individuals to have venous problems as well.

With it being so prevalent, you’ve likely heard the terms “varicose veins” and “spider veins”. The two are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are in fact distinct.

If you’re wondering which leg vein issue you have, then the following information should be helpful to you. Check your legs against the descriptions of both spider and varicose veins:

Spider Veins:

  • Small, thin, branch-like veins
  • Red, purple or blue in color
  • Usually grouped/networked together in a fan-shaped pattern
  • Visible just beneath the skin’s surface

Varicose Veins:

  • Large, bulging, rope-like vein
  • Blue, purple or flesh colored
  • Typically singular
  • Often swollen to the point of raising the skin’s surface

If you are concerned about either your spider veins or varicose veins (or both), it is recommended to schedule an appointment to get your veins evaluated. Dr. Zimmet employs duplex ultrasound technology to accurately evaluate your veins and determine the best treatment plan for your condition.

Find out more about the treatment options available, or contact us to schedule your initial appointment.

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