There are two types of tubes that carry blood in the body - arteries and veins. Veins are responsible for bringing blood back up to the heart. Spider veins are thin, flat, little veins that occur on the surface of the skin. Most often spider veins occur in the legs around the knees, thighs, ankles, and calves. This is because the veins are failing to pump the blood back up to the heart. The valve that contracts weakens over time due to age, pregnancy, and hormones.
Unlike varicose veins, spider veins most unappealing aspect is their cometic look on the surface of the skin. Visually they look like connected tree branches and are dark purplish in color. Below the knee spider veins (especially in the ankles) may be an early warning of a more serious vein insufficiency internally in the legs.
They occur because the vein becomes stretches near the surface of the skin. Although spider and varicose veins can develop from the same condition, which is stretching of the vein wall. Spider veins can imply varicose veins. This depends on your situation. You may only suffer from only spider veins or you might suffer from both spider and varicose veins, especially if these occur below the knee.
As you age your chances of having spider veins increases. In fact the statistics show that 80% of women will develop spider veins after the age of 40 .
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