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Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are tiny red or purple dilated blood vessels filled with stagnant blood. Although smaller than most varicose veins, they are often darker and more noticeable because they are located just below the surface of the skin. They are more common in women, and their development may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations. They may cause itching, restless legs and minor aches and pains. Non-symptomatic spider veins may be found on the face and chest, as well as the legs. Although surface veins are typically a cosmetic issue, they can also indicate more serious vein disease deep below the surface.

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