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Do I Need to See a Doctor for My Spider Veins?

Do I Need to See a Doctor for My Spider Veins?

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

JP_160610_Illinois_Vein_Institute_0641.jpgMany people who seek a solution to varicose or spider veins are concerned about the appearance of bumpy or just unsightly veins near the surface of their skin, most often on their legs. They are looking for a doctor who they can trust to provide them with treatment options to restore their once youthful looking legs.

Spider veins, often referred to as surface veins, are caused by factors like aging, heredity, and sometimes hormonal changes. They are veins that have become stretched just beneath the surface of their skin. This means they can contain excess blood, making them more visible. According to the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, spider veins affect about one in three women and one in five men.

Whether your spider veins are more of a cosmetic problem or are indicative of a deeper issue with vein disease, you should consult a physician who is board certified by the ABVLM! There is no sense in putting off a consultation when your overall health could be on the line.

During your consultation, a physician or vein tech should perform an ultrasound to determine the source of your problems. Once you have received your diagnosis, your vein specialist will be able to provide you with appropriate treatment options catered directly to your needs.

If your spider veins are unrelated to deeper vein disease, you may be eligible for a procedure called Sclerotherapy. If you are actually suffering from varicose veins, you might be offered a different, non-invasive procedure like Endovenous Laser Therapy to remove the affected vein branches entirely.

It is extremely important to seek advice from a board certified vein specialist because vein disease can put you at risk for serious conditions like Edema, venous leg ulcers, or even blood clots! Even surface veins can put a damper on your day-to-day life, though, often causing patients to feel embarrassed by their legs.

 

 

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ABOUT ILLINOIS VEIN SPECIALISTS

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Glenview, Northbrook, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins — find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic physician — Find a Doctor You can Trust!

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