WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins are the smallest easily visible veins that are seen most often in the legs. They are the smallest branches of the part of the circulation that help to return blood back to the heart from the body. In medical terminology they are known as telangectasias. Only a very small amount of blood is carried in spider veins as they are very narrow and are of limited length. They most often appear as a bright red or, if larger slightly, blue color, and often in clusters or patches.
Spider veins are frequently found on the legs and are considered a cosmetic problem.
In the legs spider veins can appear almost anywhere but they are most often seen in the outer thigh in a rainbow type of arching pattern, around the ankles and the inner knees. They are also more commonly seen in women then in men.