Spider veins

Spider veins are formed by the dilation of small blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They can appear on any part of the body, but are commonly found on the face and legs. The characteristic appearance of spider veins is a "sunburst" pattern of reddish to purplish small veins. They are not a health hazard but they are disfiguring.

The incidence of spider veins increases with age. They also seem to have a hereditary basis. In women, pregnancy and hormonal changes may contribute to the development of enlarged veins.



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