Varicose veins are simply enlarged veins, while spider veins are a smaller version of the same condition, though their appearance is different. Women are about twice as likely to develop this circulatory condition than men.
Though unsightly, varicose and spider veins don’t always require medical attention. When they do, sclerotherapy is a common treatment. In the most serious cases, surgery may be required.
They can cause dull discomfort and may get worse as you age, but severe pain is uncommon. Symptoms of discomfort may include:
-Swelling in your feet and legs
-Fatigued leg muscles and night cramps
-An itchy or burning sensation on the skin of your legs and ankles
Appearance and Location
Varicose veins have similar characteristics that you can see through your skin:
-They’re red or blue in color
-They have the appearance of cords running just under your skin that may appear to be twisted and bulging
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