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    What Causes Spider and Varicose Veins?

    What Causes Spider and Varicose Veins?

    Spider veins and varicose veins are generally not considered a serious health issue but there are good reasons to try and avoid them. Asides from the fact that they can be indications of underlying venous disease, spider and varicose veins are generally unsightly.

    Varicose veins are larger and generally develop in the legs while spider veins are smaller and typically visible on the leg and in the face. But what cases these two similar problems? There are a number of factors that predisposes humans to spider and varicose veins and we will discuss the notable ones briefly.


    Spider and varicose veins have been found to be hereditary in nature. If you have ever had any issue that required vein surgery or have a family history of varicose veins and/or blood clots, there are chances that you will develop spider or varicose veins in the future.


    Obesity has also been linked to spider and varicose veins. If you are currently overweight or obese, or have been in the past, it is likely that you may develop spider or varicose veins unless you work towards avoiding them.

    Occupations That Require Too Much Standing

    There are some postures that affects the circulation of blood in the body, like standing, and having a job that requires such postures exposes you to spider and varicose veins. Teachers, hair stylists, and factory workers, for instance, are at greater risk of developing the conditions.

    Sedentary Lifestyle

    Living a sedentary lifestyle also puts you at a risk of experiencing varicose and spider veins from time to time. Asides from standing, sitting for long period of time can cause varicose and spider veins. In fact, a largely sedentary lifestyle exposes you to the condition. This is why injuries that leave you immobile for a long recovery period can also make you to develop varicose or spider veins.

    Hormonal Issues

    Hormonal issues can also contribute to spider and varicose veins. The hormonal influences of puberty, pregnancy and menopause can all contribute to the problems. The use of hormonal birth control pills can also expose women to spider and varicose veins. Even hormonal issues that come with ageing can also influence the problems.

    Conditions That Cause Increased Pressure on the Abdomen

    Conditions that cause increased pressure on the abdomen can also affect blood circulation in your body and result to spider veins or varicose veins. Such conditions as tumors and constipation, as well as tight externally worn garments like girdle can contribute to the problems.

    There you have it! Above are some of the things that cause spider and varicose veins. Spider and varicose veins are undesirable issues you must avoid for health reasons and cosmetic concerns. The factors discussed above are the known causes of the problems and avoiding them can help you minimize your chances of having the problems.


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