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Diagnosis and Treatment

Your doctor can diagnose spider veins by looking at them. In addition to a physical exam, your doctor can take x-rays or ultrasound pictures of the vein to determine the cause and severity. You may want to speak with a doctor who specializes in vein diseases (phlebologist).
Talk to your doctor about what treatment options are best for your spider veins and lifestyle. Not all cases are the same.
If treatment is recommended or desired to get rid of spider veins, some available options include:
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser surgery.
(Click Get Rid of Spider Veins for more information.)

Recurrence of Spider Veins

Current treatments for spider veins have high success rates. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins can develop. There is no cure for weak vein valves, and over time, pressure gradually builds up in the leg veins. Ultrasound can be used to keep track of how badly the valves are leaking (venous insufficiency). Ongoing treatment can help keep this problem under control.
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