Spider veins, technically referred to as telangiectasia, are created when there is too much pressure on your veins. They appear as tiny veins in a web-like grouping, thus the name Spider veins. Normally this condition is not painful. It can, however, create swelling and itching of the skin.
Spider veins commonly appear on the face and legs. The causes are normally from heredity, obesity, sun exposure, age, standing or sitting for long periods of time, and hormonal changes. Spider veins are normally treated for cosmetic reasons. They usually do not get in the way of daily activities like other vein conditions such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Treating spider veins is simple through new technologies that has no down time. You can resume your normal activities the same day of the procedure.
Here are some things that you can do to relieve inflammation or uncomfortable sensations in the legs:
- Wear compression stockings to help support the veins. There are different levels of compression that a doctor can recommend for you based on your condition.
- Elevate your legs on a pillow when you get a chance. Gravity will help your circulatory system pump blood back to your heart.
- Lose weight if you are carrying excess pounds. Obesity places additional stress on the veins. Through exercise and diet, you can achieve this goal.
- Wear flat shoes. Your calf muscles help in pumping blood back to your heart. So by engaging the calf muscles, you are assisting your vein system. High heels isolate the calf muscles, so try to avoid wearing them.
Give us a call to schedule an evaluation and we can determine a plan for you in treating your spider veins. Tampa Cardiovascular Associates physicians are experts in venous insufficiency and treating many types of vein conditions. Call us at 813-975-2800 or contact us online.