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What Causes Spider Veins, and How to Get Rid of Them

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Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins.  A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a saline solution or detergent that irritates the lining of the vein, collapsing the vein. The vein will eventually reabsorb making the vein disappear.

What causes spider veins?

The cause for these veins is unclear, but they can occur in rosacea, certain systemic diseases and with topical corticosteroid use. Other possible etiologies include:

  • Heredity
  • Prolonged standing and/or prolonged sitting with legs crossed
  • Advancing age
  • lady in hammock showing legs at the beachBeing overweight
  • Wearing tight undergarments or clothes
  • A history of blood clots
  • Injury or trauma to the skin or veins, including surgeries
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen including liver disease, fluid in the abdomen, previous groin surgery, or heart failure
  • Hormonal influences including pregnancy and the use of birth control pills
  • Overexposure to ultraviolet rays

Learn more about sclerotherapy here.  If you are interested in having your spider veins treated call for a complimentary consultation at (971) 270-0402.

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