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Talk to any woman around the world and they will tell you about the spider veins on there legs. She’ll probably tell you that they’re the bane of her existence and if you’re one of the women who has them, you’re not alone: Close to 55 percent of women have some type of vein problem, according to Womens Health magazine.

So What Causes Them?
The thin, twist-and-turning veins get their name from resembling spider legs. And if your mom—or someone else in the family—has them, there’s a good chance you’ll get them, as well; the most common cause is genetics (although you won’t necessarily get them if your mom did).

Certain lifestyle choices can up your risk for developing spider veins, too.

“Smoking, obesity, and hormonal birth control can all contribute to the formation of spider veins. Smoking and obesity can restrict circulation, which in turn causes vessels to swell, which causes spider veins.”

Obesity, he explains, puts a lot of stress on the body in general, which can be harmful to the circulatory system. And birth control alters your hormones, which can weaken vein walls and speed up the formation of spider and varicose veins (a more serious vein problem that can cause pain and lead to serious health issues like deep vein thrombosis).

Is There Anything You Can Do to Prevent Them?
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do. When it comes to heredity, prevention isn’t possible, says one of our consultants. If spider veins don’t run in your family, though, working up a sweat might help keep them away. “Running and exercise are beneficial for circulation, which can help prevent veins from forming,” he says.  

What Are the Treatment Options?
The most effective option is sclerotherapy, which “consists of injecting a solution, made out of salt, fatty acids, and glycerin, into the faulty vein,” says our Consultant. This collapses the vein and allows the blood to flow back safely into the blood stream. Sclerotherapy feels just like any normal injection, only takes a few minutes, and doesn’t require any downtime. “Some patients may experience bruising, but [that] usually clears up in one to two weeks,” For more information on this complete the form below.