What are spider veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are small, broken veins in the legs. In some cases, spider veins may occur in other places of the body besides the legs.  They appear as small, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin.  Spider veins are common and usually not a serious health concern.  However, if additional symptoms are present spider veins can indicate underlying venous disease.

What are some risk factors of spider veins?

Increased age



Prolonged sitting or standing

Family history

What are some of the signs and symptoms of spider veins?

Visible broken veins that appear red, purple or blue

Itching around one or more of your veins

An achy or heavy feeling in your legs

Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs

Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time

Bleeding from spider vein

How are spider veins diagnosed?

A clinical exam can diagnose spider veins.  Spider veins can sometimes indicate an underlying vein problem.  Please discuss with your healthcare provider if you have any associated symptoms listed above to see if further testing for vein disease is required.   If underlying venous disease is suspected a venous ultrasound may be recommended.

How are spider veins treated?

Spider veins can be treated with local injection of medication called sclerotherapy.  This procedure is not usually covered by insurance and is considered cosmetic.  Pricing for this procedure can be obtained from our office.