What is a Thread Vein?

Thread veins are web like network of blood vessels which appear close to the skin surface. They are also referred to as spider veins or dermal flares and can be in red, purple or blue color. Although the condition poses no harm, most people just find it unappealing.Thread veins tend to be obvious and dilate as we age. During the ageing process, the skin gradually loses its collagen, making it inelastic.

They often occur at the sides of the thighs, back of calves, face, inside of the legs and knees. Common symptoms include slight aching, itching and fatigue.Thread veins doesn’t present symptoms all the time and complications only arise in rare cases. The legs are usually affected because the veins in the lower region of the body are subjected to high pressure. It should be noted that thread veins and varicose veins have slight differences.This post contains everything that you need to know about thread veins.

Factors that are responsible for thread veins

A great number of the factors causing thread veins can be influenced. In other cases, they are uncontrollable, especially if it runs in the family. Most of the factors below doesn’t cause thread veins directly, but can increase one’s chances of having them.

  • Overexposure to UV rays.
  • Sitting or standing for long hours.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or at the beginning of monthly period.This is the number one reason why women are more affected than men.
  • Genetic factors.
  • Taking certain medications can increase the chances of having thread veins. For instance, contraceptive pills can interfere with hormones, thereby making the veins to become weaker.
  • Smoking and being obese have an adverse effecton blood circulation. Once this happens, blood vessels are bound to swell.

Ways to prevent thread veins

  • Engaging in regular exercise and eating balanced meals that are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Taking this step also helps to maintain an ideal body weight.You can make your meals spicy in order to boost blood circulation.
  • Avoid wearing high heels frequently because they put extra stress on your veins. Opt for more comfortable shoes instead.
  • Some jobs require prolonged hours of standing or sitting. In such situations, ensure that you change your positions frequently.
  • Wearing compression stockings are a great option for the prevention of thread veins.
  • Protect your skin with sunscreen and remember to wear UV protected sunglasses when outdoor.
  • Reduce your salt intake.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Treating thread veins

Natural remedies and medical treatment can help clear thread veins and improve the skin’s complexion. You can also cover up thread veins with make up or self-tan. Another option is to consider the beauty treatments that are usually offered in salons. Thread veins can be treated with natural remedies like butcher’s broom and witch hazel too.

There are different options for treating thread veins. Dr Newmans Clinic offers laser free medical treatments that are very effective. When using medical treatment for thread veins, the procedure for the face will be quite different from that ofthe other parts of the body. This is because of the delicate surrounding skin among other factors. Other medical treatment options include microwave treatment, radiosurgery and laser treatment.