Spider veins are tiny, thread-like red, purple or blue blood vessels that can occur in patches on the legs and face.
Caused by irregular blood flow, spider veins are smaller and more delicate than varicose veins. They tend to develop in clusters anywhere on the body and are thought to be induced by hormones. Women are more likely than men to get spider veins. Although they're most often a cosmetic issue, spider veins can sometimes cause discomfort or itching.
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Aside from being considered unsightly, there typically aren't significant symptoms of spider veins. Minor aching or discomfort can occur with some patients while other have complained of a heavy feeling in their legs. Many patients say they have no symptoms at all other than the visual evidence. Some complain of itching at the site of the spider veins.
Symptoms of spider veins may include:
- Dull, generalized aching (especially after standing for a long time)
- Throbbing pain
- Night cramps
- Heaviness in the legs
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