Varicose veins may be caused by the loss of elasticity in the veins that come with age or may be due to certain factors present during pregnancy. Whatever their cause, treating varicose veins to overcome their various symptoms is often important.
Varicose veins often appear twisting and bulging. They are usually a dark blue or purple in color, and are most commonly found on areas of the legs between the groin and the ankle.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but are smaller. While they are twisting, they usually are not bulging. They may emanate from a central point and jut out in different directions, or may take on other shapes.
Spider veins are usually not painful, while varicose veins, in some cases, may not cause pain either. However, when painful symptoms do occur, patients may experience an achy, heavy feeling in the legs. Some patients experience burning, swelling, throbbing and muscle cramping, while others may experience itching around the veins.
Pain may grow worse from sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time. If skin ulcers are present, speak with a doctor immediately, as this may be a sign of a severe vascular disease.
Individuals who experience these symptoms are encouraged to consult with a medical professional regarding possible treatment options. Spider veins may be considered only a cosmetic concern, but the treatment of varicose veins may be deemed a medical necessity, and may be covered by insurance.