Spider & Varicose Veins

Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin. Some other common symptoms of varicose veins in the legs include: pain that gets worse after sitting or standing for a long time, cramps, swelling, heaviness, rash or darkening of the skin and finally an ulcer (most advanced stage). A dermatologist has several ways to treat varicose veins.