Information About Spider Veins
About 50 percent to 55 percent of American women and 40 percent to 45 percent of American men have either varicose veins or spider veins. What is the difference between these two problems? While they are similar to varicose veins, spider veins are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. They are often red or blue, and because of their short, jagged lines, they often look like tree branches or spider webs.
Spider veins are typically found on the legs or face, and they can cover small or large areas of skin. They occur as a result of blood backing up in the veins. Certain factors increase your risk of spider veins, including:
- Increasing age
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