Any person may have one or more reasons for experiencing varicose and spider veins.  What you are seeing is increased blood pressure in the veins.  The blood moves towards the heart by one-way valves in the veins. When the valves become weakened or damaged, blood can collect in the veins. The non-moving blood bulges and darkens these veins.

If you want to blame something for this happening, most common, are these reasons:

  • Genetic: It is an inherited problem.  With a strong family history, including an affected parent or sibling you are likely to experience the same thing.
  • Hormonal: Heightened estrogen levels, as during pregnancy or while taking some estrogen-containing medication (such as birth control pills).
  • Physical trauma: If you have a history of some trauma or fall, or cut, or surgical procedure at or near the affected sight.

Other factors can cause blood to accumulate in leg veins too, so seeing a board-certified Dermatologist is important.

Achy, tired or heavy feelings caused by varicosity usually do not pose a major health risk.  But if left untreated, they can possibly lead to rashes, infections, sores, swelling or blood clots. So, if things get bad beyond the unsightly appearance, have it checked out.

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Call Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 330-425-7600 to set up an appointment with Dr. Monique S. Cohn.  You can discuss your situation with her and find out what you can expect from treatment.