Spider veins affect more women than men. They occur as a result of enlarged vessels in women’s bodies, and women are more often affected than men because of their higher levels of a hormone. Pregnant mothers, women with a hormonal imbalance, and individuals with weight fluctuations also have a high risk of suffering from spider veins. The condition also affects those who engage in activities that require them to stand or sit for long periods of time.
Why are spider veins more prevalent in women than men?
Researchers believe that high progesterone levels in women make their blood vessel walls and valves relax, hence exalting pressure on the sides of the vessels as blood tries to flow out. When the vein walls are weak, blood does not flow properly. As a result, the volume of blood in your veins increases and you develop spider veins. Those who stand a high chance of developing spider veins include those with a family history of the condition.
When should females seek treatment?
If you have web-like veins that create feelings of aching, cramping, itching, and swelling, then you should visit our office. Additionally, many women are bothered by the visibility of spider veins which can impact their self-esteem and restrict their choices of clothing. In such cases, seeking treatment is the best plan of action.
What treatments are available?
While you can easily relieve these symptoms through simple remedies such as leg elevation and compression stockings, sometimes a vein specialist may recommend procedures such as sclerotherapy where at-home procedures are ineffective. Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to destroy spider veins by injecting a liquid into the affected vein.
This condition can negatively impact men’s and women’s health and confidence. Moreover, the condition is uncomfortable, affecting productivity at work or at home. Therefore, if you notice small spider-like veins on your thighs, legs, or ankles, it is likely that you have spider veins. Make an appointment at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta to learn about your treatment options. Contact us today to book a consultation in Alpharetta.