Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin; Varicose veins on the other hand, are large, raised and swollen veins.
These veins can be either red, blue, or purple, commonly found on the face or legs, due to the pressure of body weight, force of gravity, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart.
They affect up to 50% of the adult population.
what is the cause?
- Old age may weaken the valves in the veins
- Medical history from family hereditary
- Hormonal changes which occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing oestrogen and progesterone
- Pregnancy will increase the amount of blood in the body, causing veins to enlarge
- Obesity puts extra pressure on the veins
- Lack of movement
- Sitting or standing for Prolonged time frames or sitting with your legs crossed
- Sun exposure causes spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person