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Varicose and Spider Veins Mythbusters

Myth: Varicose veins are the same as spider veins.

Busted: Both varicose veins and spider veins are characterized by dilated blood vessels and malfunctioning valves inside of veins, leading to blood back-flow. However, spider veins are thinner visible blood vessels on the surface of the skin, whereas varicose veins are larger and deeper, and often are visible as bulging veins.

Myth: Varicose veins are solely a cosmetic issue.

Busted: Varicose and spider veins are unsightly, and often our patients feel insecure about the appearance of the veins. However, varicose and spider veins can also cause significant health issues that reduce quality of life. Symptoms include a pain, aching, heaviness, night cramps, itching, restless leg syndrome and swelling. In more severe cases, serious health issues can develop, including Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) that can lead to lead ulceration, phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis.

Myth: Varicose veins only affect women.

Busted: Both men and women are commonly affected by varicose and spider veins. The risk increases if a patient has a family history of vein issues. Pregnancy, standing occupations, injuries and advancing age also contribute to the likelihood of developing a varicose veins.

If you have varicose or spider veins, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology to schedule a consultation today.

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