Spider Vein Causes and How Midwest Vein Care Can Help
Venous disease is has become a significant health issue in the United States. It is known that nearly half of all Americans have some sort of venous disease including swollen and painful varicose veins or unsightly spider veins.
Thankfully, if you live in the St. Louis area, Midwest Vein Care, a leading vein care facility, can help. At Midwest Vein Care, we not only specialize in treating varicose veins and spider veins but we also offer a wide range of cosmetic skin care services to keep you looking your youthful best.
At Midwest Vein Care, Dr. Goldstein has been practicing the art and science of vein care for over 23 years. He is a board certified phlebologist and has treated thousands of patients with venous disorders. We can identify spider vein causes and provide treatment techniques such as sclerotherapy, laser treatment, intense pulsed light technology, and more.
The Major Causes of Spider Vein
There are many different spider vein causes, and more often than not, it is a combination of factors resulting in their development. Spider and varicose veins are extremely prevalent in society, with the majority of people experiencing some type of abnormal and unwanted veins at some point in time. Varicose and spider veins are more common in women, secondary to pregnancy and hormonal differences. We believe that the development of varicose and spider veins is the result of a genetic predisposition to have weakening in the vein wall and valve structure that is then exacerbated by a number of potential factors. This is a list of varicose and spider vein causative factors:
- Hereditary predisposition: It is a very common genetic trait to have some premature weakening in the vein wall and valve structure. Therefore, this is one of the main spider vein causes.
- Gravity: As humans, we walk upright on a planet with gravity. The downward pull of gravity makes it a challenge for the blood in the lower extremities to return to the heart, uphill against gravity. Because of these opposing forces, standing puts an outward force in the vein towards the walls, called increased intravenous pressure. Therefore, with prolonged standing and increased intravenous pressure against genetically weakened vein walls… the once normal veins will abnormally stretch and dilate, resulting in varicose and spider veins.
- Prolonged standing: Those with the predisposition to have varicose and spider veins will have and exacerbation of their unwanted and abnormal veins if they stand for prolonged periods of time. Many occupations require daily standing that will have an adverse influence on the health and appearance of lower extremity veins. Standing in high-heeled shoes will make this situation worse.
- Valvular incompancy: If in addition to the vein wall weakening with genetics, the one-direction venous check valves weaken as well… then blood will actually backflow, resulting in bulging, ropey veins.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the female body experiences several changes in hormone amounts and balances, which can be spider vein causes. These changes result in the relaxation of structural elements of the body including the vein walls and valves. In addition to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the pregnant woman also has significant gain in weight and fluids. During the 3rd trimester, there is the downward movement of the developing fetus that can act as an outflow obstruction to the returning venous blood in the lower extremity vein system. It is common for the pregnant woman to experience either the development of varicose and spider veins, or the increase of an existing venous disorder.
- Obesity: Carrying excessive body weight can be another one of the spider vein causes as it will put more stress on the lower extremity venous system, potentially resulting in worsening varicose and spider veins.
- Deep venous thrombosis: After a person has experienced a deep venous clot, sometimes the resultant obstruction and abnormal blood flow can result in a condition known as post-phlebitic syndrome. This syndrome will be characterized by worsening varicose and spider veins as well as swelling, pain and skin changes.
- Sun exposure: Sometimes the over exposure to the sun can be one of the common spider vein causes, as this can result in sunburn and the development of tiny spider veins known as actinic telangiatasias.
- Rosacea: This is a fairly common facial skin condition characterized by flushing of the cheeks, chin and nose, sebaceous hyperplasia, adult acne and the development of persistent dilated facial veins.
Contact Us to Learn More About Treatment for Spider Veins
As spider veins cause the skin to look unsightly, they can be a source of embarrassment or frustration. Spider veins also can result in bleeding, pain, and itching. Midwest Vein Care has the technology and skills to treat spider veins effectively and comprehensively regardless of the spider vein causes. This will bring about long lasting, if not permanent, results. We take every measure to ensure that our treatments are as safe and pain free as possible.
To learn more about spider vein causes, how you can reduce your chances of developing them, and the treatment options available to you… contact Midwest Vein Care at 636-536-0241. Our experts will provide a personal and thorough consultation to help you understand your spider vein causes and the treatment options available to you.