Both spider veins and varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, superficial blood vessels that can appear red or blue. They can occur together or separately.
The exact cause of dilated blood vessels is not known. Researchers do know that they occur in women more commonly than in men. Possible causes may be:
Treatment for unwanted veins is between 50% and 90% effective, depending on the patient and the veins being treated. Because spider vein treatment is usually done for cosmetic reasons, most insurance providers do not cover it. Insurance may, however, cover all or some of the treatment costs for larger veins if there is a medical reason for their treatment.
Reduce Your Risk
Because some causes, such as heredity, are out of our control, the appearance of unwanted veins can't be completely prevented. That aside, research suggests that the following steps may minimize their appearance:
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