How Are Varicose Veins Different from Spider Veins?
Medical News Today reports “Spider veins and varicose veins are different forms of a medical condition called venous insufficiency.” The primary differences between these two vein malfunctions how they manifest themselves.
Spider veins can appear on the face as well as the legs. The veins are flatter, not raised. They are most often painless. Varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms, including bleeding, itching, and an achy feeling in the legs.
Dr. Gabor Kovacs, board certified specialist in vascular and general surgery at the Vein Care Center of Amelia Island defines the veins in this way:
“The main differences are in the size. Spider veins are tiny visible veins that are in the superficial layer of the skin. Varicose veins are larger, around 3mm and higher that bulge from under the skin.”
Because varicose veins may potentially increase the risk of other circulatory issues, it’s a good idea to have them checked by your doctor.