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Related vein problems


There are a number of vein problems which are related to varicose veins. These include ‘telangiectasias’, ‘spider veins’ and ‘varicoceles’.



TelangiectasiasTelangiectasias are small clusters of red blood vessels, usually found on the upper body, including the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles. They generally measure between 0.5 and 1 millimeter in diameter.

They occasionally form during pregnancy and often are common on people who suffer certain genetic disorders, viral infections, or liver disease.

Because telangiectasias can be a sign of a more serious condition, it is always wise to see your doctor if you think you have them.
Telangiectasias on the face are often treated with a laser. Laser therapy uses a light beam that is pulsed onto the veins in order to seal them off, causing them to dissolve.


Spider Veins

Spider veins on the legSpider veins is the term given to a smaller version of varicose veins and a less serious type of telangiectasias.

Spider veins result form dilation of the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Spider veins most commonly appear on the face and legs. Their appearance is not unlike a spider web or tree branch and they can be red or blue. Generally they are not of medical concern, but cosmetically can be a serious issue.



Varicoceles are varicose veins with in the scrotum. Varicoceles may be linked to male infertility and can result in swelling and constant pain. Again, it is wise to see your Doctor if you think you have Varicoceles.


Other Related Vein Problems

Other types of varicose veins include venous lakes, reticular veins, and haemorrhoids: Reticular Veins

Venous lakes are varicose veins that appear on the face and neck.
Reticular veins are flat blue veins often seen behind the knees.
These small varicose are 1 - 3mm in diameter and represent the smaller branches of the venous system.

Haemorrhoids are varicose veins in and around the anus.