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What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins or thread veins are red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches on the legs and face. They look like small spider webs, which is how they get their name. Spider and varicose veins are not the same condition. Varicose veins are large, swollen veins usually affecting the legs, whereas spider veins are delicate and tend to develop in clusters.

Why do I got spider veins?

Spider veins can be isolated or associated with ‘feeder’ veins or venous reflux due to leaky valves. Women develop spider veins nearly four times as frequently as men. About 70 per cent of adult women are afflicted with spider veins at some time in their lives. Spider veins appear to be hormonally induced and often are associated with pregnancy and use of the oral contraceptive pill.

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your physicians before considering treatment or for detailed medical advice. (Information provided by Dr. Chad TSE Cheuk-Wa)