If you don’t know the difference, it can be hard to differentiate between varicose and spider veins. They are both multicolored, bulging veins under the skin in various sizes. Indeed, they are alike in many ways, but they have just as many differences. In this post, we will break down the difference between varicose and spider veins and what leads to patients getting them before they can see them.
How are they similar?Their main similarity is what causes them. Malfunctioning blood vessels in the body can cause blood to flow in the wrong direction, creating pooling and eventual enlargement and damage to the vein walls. Spider veins and varicose veins have different levels of pooling and enlargement, but the root problem is the same.
What makes varicose and spider veins different?Appearance is always the easiest way to tell the difference. Spider veins show as small, twisting, red, and purple veins just under the surface of the skin. They do not extrude and are much smaller in comparison to varicose veins, which are similar in color but are larger and often rise above the surface of the skin, changing the appearance.
Early symptoms and warning signs of varicose veins and spider veinsUnfortunately, the most common warning sign for both spider and varicose veins is first seeing them, but if you know your body and the facts, there are early warning signs that can help you seek treatment before they ever appear. Some of the possible warning signs of varicose and spider veins include:
- Swollen feet
- Achy legs
- Spots on lower legs
- Shiny skin on legs
- Cramps in the legs
- Throbbing, burning, or itching
- Tiredness in the legs