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Varicose veins vs spider veins

Varicose veins vs spider veins

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose veins can be visible on the surface of the skin as large, ropey or bulging veins and are present anywhere from the groin down to the ankle.  However, varicose veins can exist even if no visible signs are present.  Spider veins are small red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn and are easily visible on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually present near the ankles and knees. Venous Hypertension

Varicose veins can cause heart problems, develop into Deep vein thrombosis (DCT), and create blot clots, known as pulmonary embolisms (PE), which can be fatal if you do not treat them correctly. The health risk with spider veins, however, is minimal. Spider veins can be unsightly but typically are more of a cosmetic concern, particularly if located on the face or hands. In some cases, however, spider veins located below the knee or near the ankles can be an early sign, or the result of underlying varicose veins. Having them looked at by a trained specialist is always advised.spider_veins-1


Consultations and scanning of underlying varicose veins is a fairly quick process, and the value in treating any potential vein disease early if important. Ensuring that your body is healthy is always a good practice so in order to take care of your vein disease we recommend you to make a consultation with a board certified vein doctor like the ones at Illinois Vein Specialists. We offer modern treatments for your veins, like ultrasound-guided vein treatment and sclerotherapy for spider veins.

 

 

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY. FIND A BOARD CERTIFIED VENOUS AND LYMPHATIC DOCTOR.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

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 Doctor.

 

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