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What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Thanks Mom…yep genetics is one of the more common reasons but there are a number of other things can make someone more likely to develop varicose veins and spider veins. Here are few of the most common predisposing factors for developing these annoying anomalies:

  1. Heredity (genes passed on from mom and dad)
  2. A lot of standing especially if that’s part of your job. (We treat a ton of nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers here in our Newport Beach office for varicose veins)
  3. Obesity – extra weight puts extra strain on the veins of the legs
  4. Hormonal influences from birth control pills, pregnancy, puberty, and menopause can alter the strength of leg veins
  5. Hormonal replacement for menopause symptom treatment
  6. A history of blood clots in the legs
  7. Increased pressure in the abdomen including tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments like girdles
  8. Trauma or injury to the skin, previous vein surgery, and exposure to ultraviolet rays

Varicose veins and spider veins are also much more common in women than in men and unfortunately they are more likely to occur with age in both sexes. It’s pretty common in general though. Approximately 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins.

Many of our Newport Beach clients with varicose veins come see us because they are tired of the pain in their legs which is often described as an aching or cramping in the legs. Varicose and spider veins can also cause fatigued, restless, burning, throbbing, or tingling in the legs. The first line of treatment for the pain caused by varicose and spider veins is to elevate the legs or by wearing support hose. But if these measures don’t help or aren’t enough to keep those darn varicose and spider veins from progressing, then contact Dr. Sajjadian’s office today!